Army program recruits junior officers into JAG Corps

The office of the Judge Advocate General is now accepting applications for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program, which allows officers in the rank of second lieutenant through captain to obtain a law degree at an approved civilian law school at government expense.

 The program begins in the fall of 2010 and continues for three academic years.
“This is an incredible opportunity, especially considering the cost of a legal education.

 The selected officers will not only have their tuition paid for all three years, they will also continue to draw their salaries while the time counts as active-duty time,” said Lt. Col. J. Harper Cook, the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s deputy staff judge advocate.

For the JAG Corps, the benefit lies in obtaining officers from other branches of the Army who bring their experience and expertise to the job, thus enabling them to better serve their customers.

For Lieutenant Colonel Cook, who started out in engineering, there is no better way to enter the legal field.

“I came into the JAG Corps in 2000 and love what I do. Without question, this is a great job. Every day is different and exciting. You serve as a trusted adviser to the commander and get involved in every day command matters, but you also get to assist with very personal legal matters. You can make a difference,” he said.

“It’s a very competitive program, but there will be up to 25 officers accepted this year alone. Therefore, I encourage all who are interested and meet the requirements to submit their applications. Just give it a try.”

The 21st TSC’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocate is a member of the largest law firm in the world, known as the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
The 21st TSC’s OSJA employs more than 120 personnel in six offices in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.

(Courtesy of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command)