By the 7th Army Training Command Legal Office
What is the Funded Legal Education Program?
Each year the U.S. Army selects up to 25 highly qualified Active Duty officers and NCOs to attend law school, leave their basic branch, and become Judge Advocates in the JAG Corps. This year’s application period is from Aug. 1 through Nov. 1, 2021.
Who can apply?
Regular Army officers and NCOs in the Operations, Operations Support, Force Sustainment, Health Services, Special Operations, and Cyber branches who:
Who gets accepted?
When considering an applicant’s file, the selection board members use the “whole person concept.” Board members evaluate the undergraduate and graduate school transcripts, LSAT score, ORB, OERs, SJA interview letter, and the applicant’s statement of motivation to attend law school. Applicants with 2 1/2 to 4 years of
commissioned service are the most competitive. In 2016, 25 officers were selected for FLEP. The average undergraduate GPA was 3.63, and the average LSAT was 163 (88th percentile). In 2015, 25 officers were selected. The average undergraduate GPA was 3.60, and the average LSAT was 162 (85th percentile).
What do I need to do to apply?
You should register immediately for the next LSAT and start studying. You will need to submit a valid LSAT score before the board convenes. You should also start gathering your application materials, such as college-level and higher official transcripts. You can also contact your local SJA POC (see below) to schedule an interview. Finally, start your application memo! The memo needs to be approved through the O6 level before you can submit it, so make sure you start well ahead of the deadline.