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I want to be a lawyer for the army im in school i know i need a BA Degree my goal is going in army jag corps?

right now im currently taking up criminal justice to get an associates is that any help or do i need to change, then the only law schools in georgia that are ABA approved is UGA in athens,ga and mercer in macon,ga if any one is a lawyer or attorney please help me because im lost and im getting strange answers

Answers (4):

1. Scott Hamilton
In order to be JAG you will need a Judicial Doctorate. The people you need to talk to are A) the ROTC department in some college, either the one you are going to or will attend for the JD program. B) The JD program you wish to attend. C) Get on the list to take the LSAT, because without that you cannot even put in an application. D) Your adviser so you can start preparing your application packet for acceptance after you finish your Bachelor Degree. The Bachelor Degree you get for getting a commission is pretty much irrelevant. However, in order to be competitive for a Law School you should probably have a BS in Criminal Justice or a BS in POlitical Science. Some schools have a Political Science program specifically designed towards a law Program. And you need to watch your GPA close! It will; matter in getting into a law school!
2. Mrsjvb
you need the Law Degree over and Above a 4 year Undergrad degree AND have passed the Bar.

a 2 year degree only gets you about a third of the way there.
3. 11X Opt. 4 DEP Guppy
YOU DO NOT NEED SPECIFIC MAJORS TO BE COMPETITIVE FOR LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS!!! NEVER LISTEN TO ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU THAT!!!!!

Criminal justice courses at the associate's or bachelor's level could help you out, but it won't be that much help. Law school is an entirely different animal from undergraduate studies and you will find that out your first year if you make it there. The differences are in the level of intricacy and focus at the JD level. You'll be speaking an entirely different language once you get there.

To be a judge advocate you will have to first obtain that BA/BS degree. Contrary to popular belief, "pre-law" courses do not prepare you for law school. The most useful classes you could take would be classes that educate you about the basic structure of our political system, legal system, and Constitution. Additionally, courses in logic (through your philosophy department) will prove invaluable for two reasons: 1) Logic is heavily tested on the LSAT and 2) Logic skills are crucial when formulating legal arguments in law school and beyond. Just make sure you choose a major that can hold your interest and in which you can get the highest grades possible. Your GPA in undergrad is a huge factor in law school admissions. It will be much more important than your choice of major because there is no major that will directly translate into the subjects at law school.

Next, you will need to take the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test). I would highly recommend signing up for a prep class through Kaplan, Princeton Review, etc. It will get you points on the exam, which is very important for getting into a school that's worthwhile. If you can, take the LSAT and prep course during a semester of light credit hours or on summer break. It's a stressful process and you should try to minimize distractions. LSAT scores are weighted very heavily in law school admissions.

Once you have your BA/BS and your LSAT score you can apply to law schools. Once you are accepted to one or more (and have a letter from the school(s) to prove it), go directly to your recruiter. Those three things are what you need to start your recruiting process. The military will take it from there and guide you in the process. If you are working with the Marines or Navy there is a separate recruiting apparatus for officers than for enlisted. If you're looking at one of those branches, contact an Officer Selection Officer (OSO). Start working with the military at this point and you will have your tuition, books, etc. paid for. In certain branches, you'll attend PLC in the summers.

As far as choosing law schools goes, I would not limit myself to just one state like you are. (Also, there are a few more ABA accredited schools in GA than you listed: Emory and Georgia State). Go to a grocery store or book store and find an issue of US News & World Report's Grad School guide. It'll list every ABA accredited school in the country and present you with rankings. Don't sweat the rankings part too much though. You'll find that your law school search should be based more on how well your GPA and LSAT score fit a school's admissions profile, your areas of interest, etc. I applied to schools all over the country because they fit my interest areas and my scores/GPA made it likely that I would get in. If you just have a desire to stay close to home, you could consider schools in Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida as well.

One thing you don't want to forget is PT, if you're interested in the Army. You don't have be Ranger fit to be a JAG but you still have to pass PT tests. Most of my fellow students in law school could never have met the PT requirements. Hit the books hard but don't forget to hit some push ups, pull ups, sit ups, two and five mile runs while you're in school.

Also, stay out of trouble. You'll need a "secret" level security clearance to become a judge advocate. Having a bad criminal history or credit history could doom your efforts in this regard.

I considered being a JAG with USMC after I graduated from law school. I opted for a job in the combat arms in the Army instead. Best of luck and stay focused.
4. jaker
If you are communicating with the same language skills you are using here it is not surprising that you get strange answers. It IS surprising that you got into college.

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