The Navy Judge Advocate General’s, or JAG, Corps offers unpaid summer internships and school-year externships to students enrolled in law school. Eligible candidates must meet specific requirements and commit to spend at least eight weeks volunteering at one of several JAG offices around the United States.
As long as you’ve taken the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT, and completed one semester of law school at a school that the American Bar Associated accredits, then you meet the internship’s education requirements. You must also be a U.S. citizen and younger than 42 years old at the time the internship would start. You must also consent to a background check.
To apply to the internship program, you have to submit official transcripts from where you earned your undergraduate degree, where you attend law school and from any graduate program you may have attended. You need to submit a resume, between one and three letters of recommendation and copies of your last five physical exams. You must also include a copy of your LSAT score, when you submit your application, and a personal or motivational statement.
When you submit your application, you must also list your top-three choices for where you’d like to be stationed. Members of the Navy’s JAG Corps live and work in the United States, Cuba, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. There are currently 45 stations in the United States, including Hawaii, seven stations in Europe, three stations in the Middle East and seven stations in Asia.
Your responsibilities during your internship depend on where it takes place. You’ll work alongside commissioned JAG Corps attorneys and get hands-on experience with some general JAG practice areas, including military justice. You may also provide general legal advice to sailors and their families.
As a member of the Navy’s JAG Corps, you get to practice several different types of law. You get to practice international and operational law, administrative law and environmental law, which includes laws protecting human health, the environment and historical and cultural resources. You also get to practice admiralty and maritime law, which could include admiralty tort and salvage claims and international and domestic maritime issues. You also get to practice information operations and intelligence law, which covers national security and cyberspace matters.
You will not get paid during your internship with the Navy JAG Corps. Once you’ve been selected for the program, you have to make and pay for all travel and living expenses related to your internship. The Navy also does not give you any kind of per diem.
- U.S. Navy JAG Corps: Careers
- U.S. Navy JAG Corps: Internship Program
- U.S. Navy JAG Corps: Internship/Externship Program
- U.S. Navy JAG Corps: Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps Summer Internship Program/School Year Externship Program Application
- U.S. Navy JAG Corps: Practice Areas
- U.S. Navy JAG Corps: Locations