Upon acceptance into the JAG Corps , your continued education begins immediately. Future JAG Corps Attorneys attend the 14-week JAG Corps Officer Basic Course (OBC). The course is divided into two phases: a four-week Military Orientation Phase at Fort Lee, VA, and a 10-week Military Law Phase taught at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center School, U.S. Army (The JAG Corps School) in Charlottesville, VA. The JAG Corps School is the only ABA-approved law school in all of the military services.
Military Orientation Phase – Fort Lee, VA
Instead of going through basic training, JAG Corps Attorneys attend a Military Orientation Phase that provides an overview of Officer responsibilities and basic Soldiering skills. Training includes physical fitness, weapons familiarization and deployment skills. A field training exercise gives candidates the opportunity to employ their new skills in the field.
Military Law Phase – Charlottesville, VA
Located on the grounds of the University of Virginia, students attend the ABA-approved JAG Corps School. The Military Law Phase is a combination of substantive instruction and practical exercises. Students receive training in research and communication skills—enhancing those skills already learned in law school—and are introduced to formats and resources used in military practice.