Army Jag Corps
LTC Thomas, an Army JAG lawyer, in court


When you complete your application, it will be submitted to a board of Officers appointed by The Judge Advocate General. Criteria for selection to the JAG Corps includes, but is not limited to:

  • Scholastic record
  • Character
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Leadership ability
  • Both legal and non-legal work experience

Each applicant will be interviewed by an Active Duty JAG Corps Officer. The best-qualified applicants are selected to fill projected vacancies.


Once selected for Active Duty, you will complete a "Preference Sheet" regarding assignments that are listed by location and preferred type of practice. You'll know your assignment prior to your decision to accept or decline a four-year commitment to the U.S. Army.


If you're interested in being a part of the JAG Corps — but still want to practice in the private sector — consider becoming a member of the JAG Corps Reserve Component Program. Serving in the Army Reserve means you'll still have a civilian job, but you'll train each month close to home and complete a two-week training exercise once a year. This way you will be trained and ready if called. As a JAG Corps Attorney you'll broaden your legal skills and earn a supplemental income providing counsel to Soldiers and their families.