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Navy Commissioned Officer Job Designators Description & Qualifcation Factors




Age: - At least 21 and less than 35.
- Waiver for every month prior commission service.


- Full-time student at ABA Law School with at least one year completed or graduate awaiting Bar admission.
- Part-time or dual-degree students must be within 2 yrs of completion.


- OIS (5 wks, if possible, done summer prior to 3rd yr, otherwise after Bar exam)
- Naval Justice School (9 wks)
- NLSO Orientation (1 wk)
- Ship Orientation (2 wks)


- Correctable to 20/20 (waivers considered).
- Color vision not required.
- PRK and LASIK only eye surgeries waiverable.


- Interview with JAG officer (senior AD better)
- Participation in Moot Court, Clerkships, Legal Aid, and Law Review recommended.

Service Obligation:

- 4 yrs Active from date of commission.
- Total of 8 yrs Active & Inactive.

Special Info:

- Commissioned as ENS, superceded to LTJG after law school.

Competitive Profile:
- extra-curriculars outside of law field-good recommendation letters
- motivation statement and interview should show strong desire to be a naval officer and JAG, not just desire experience
- good moral character-more competitive after completing a year of law school

- Selection boards meet bi-monthly.


1. General. The Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps Student Program (SP) permits law students to receive a commission in the inactive Naval Reserve while attending law school. Upon graduation and successful completion of a bar examination, SP participants serve in the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps as lieutenants (junior grade) in the U.S. Naval Reserve for eight years and begin active duty for the first four years of that obligation. This is the largest source of attorneys and the best way to become a Navy JAG.

2. Eligibility. To be eligible for appointment in the U.S. Naval Reserve (active) as a ensign, designator 1955, in the Judge Advocate General's Corps Student Program, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

    a. An applicant must be a United States citizen of good moral character.

    b. An applicant must not have reached 35 years of age at time of commissioning and commencing extended active duty. (Extend active duty begins the SP participant passes a bar examination.)

    c. An applicant must meet the physical requirements for appointment in the JAG Corps.

    d. Have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT),

    e. Be a law student with at least one year of school completed, attending an American Bar Association (ABA) approved school, or an ABA approved law school graduate awaiting admission to practice before the highest court of a State, Territory, Commonwealth, the District of Columbia or a Federal Court;

    f. Students who attend law school part time or intend to matriculate in a dual degree program must be within two years of completing all remaining degree requirements

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