The judge advocate general corps announces law school programs

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  • By 1st Lt. James Leighton
  • 4th Fighter Wing legal office
Applications for the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program are being accepted from Jan. 1- Mar, 1. Interested officers are encouraged to compete. The number of FLEP and ELP applicants selected in any academic year is determined based on the needs of the Air Force.

"Our Air Force missions are constantly changing and commanders deserve to have access to legal advisors with a broad background of military experiences," said Lt. Col. Debra Luker, 4th Fighter Wing Staff Judge Advocate. "The FLEP and ELP will ensure that we can continue to maintain a Corps of officers whose military experience complements their legal training providing commanders with the highest caliber of legal support."

According to Luker, Air Force JAGs do more than just provide legal assistance. In addition to prosecuting and defending clients brought before courts-martial, JAG officers routinely participate in nearly every facet of the Air Force mission including; developing and acquiring weapons systems, ensuring availability of airspace and ranges where those systems are tested and operated, consulting with commanders about how those systems are employed in armed conflict, and assisting commanders in day-to-day running of military installations around the world.

"Every facet of the Air Force mission is bound by elements of the law," Luker said.

The FLEP is a paid legal studies program for active-duty Air Force-commissioned officers. Participants receive full pay, allowances and tuition. FLEP applicants must have between two and six years active duty service and must be in the pay grade O-3 or below as of the day they begin law school. Positions may be limited due to overall funding availability.

The ELP is an unpaid legal studies program for Air Force officers. ELP participants do not receive pay and allowances but remain on active duty for retirement eligibility and benefits purposes. ELP applicants must have between two and 10 years active duty service and must be in the pay grade O-3 or below as of the first day of law school.

Applications for Fiscal Year 12 will be accepted from Jan. 1- Mar. 1. Both the FLEP and ELP programs require attendance at an American Bar Association accredited law school. Upon graduation and admission to practice law in the highest court of any state, commonwealth or territory of the United States, candidates are eligible for designation as judge advocates. To be considered for FLEP or ELP, applicants must complete all application forms, apply to at least one ABA accredited law school, receive their Law School Admissions Test results and interview with a Staff Judge Advocate by Feb. 15. Officers must provide a letter of conditional release from their current career field.

Applications meet a selection board in early March, and selections are made based on a review of the application package using a "whole person" concept.

For more information and application materials, visit, contact your base legal office, or e-mail Maj. Sean Elameto at