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florida357

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JAG corps
« on: April 10, 2006, 07:27:03 PM »
How competitive is it to get into the JAG corp? 

The reason I am considering it is because I have really had trouble with employment, and I don't feel like f-ing with interviews again as a 3L, just to have no positive result AGAIN.  More importantly, I don't think I can spend 3 years of law school and graduate without a job or even ever having a real summer associate position, and still be able to respect myself. 

So, I have been considering the JAG corp. I talked to the Navy and they said it is a 4 year commitment, pays around $50K taking housing and medical into consideration, and they would give me $22K for my 3L year. 

My problem is, however, I heard a rumor that it is SUPER competitive, with +1000 applicants for less than 50 spots.  I really don't feel like wasting my time if that is the case.  However, I don't really see how the military could afford to be so picky, do they really have such an abundance of applications?  Also, I feel like I would be very desirable to the military: I have an engineering degree, I am in excellent physical health, I could do at least 25 pull ups, 100 pushups...etc., I am in the top 50% of my class, and my lawschool is almost top tier (53rd). 

thanks for any info.

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Re: JAG corps
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2006, 08:17:56 PM »

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Re: JAG corps
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2006, 09:27:03 PM »
yeah, thats pretty much consistent with what I have read elsewhere...

I don't think I am going to waste my time with it.  The reason I was attracted to it in the first place was to get away from the bullsh1t hassle of interviews and 'walk around with my nose stuck up in the air' attorneys who forgot how hard it was to be a law student the day they got a job offer.  Seems like JAG is just more of the same...

I really wish I had just gone to one year of grad school in engineering and gotten a job with that....

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Re: JAG corps
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2006, 09:50:24 PM »
Your last line pretty much implies that you are going to be miserable as a lawyer.  Cut your losses and get out now before you are in over your head.
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Re: JAG corps
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2006, 11:58:44 AM »
Your last line pretty much implies that you are going to be miserable as a lawyer.  Cut your losses and get out now before you are in over your head.

easy for you to say, my 'losses' as of now are two years of my life and $45K in debt.  At this point, being 2/3rds of the way through, I am going to stick with it and get the degree even if I never practice as a lawyer. 

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Re: JAG corps
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2006, 02:05:32 PM »
That is the most absurd thing I have ever heard.  The JD will not do much good for you if you don't practice as a lawyer and have fun paying those loans at an entry-level non-legal salary arund $60K per year. 

Maybe you should have thought about law school before entering?
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Re: JAG corps
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2006, 02:14:32 PM »
That is the most absurd thing I have ever heard.  The JD will not do much good for you if you don't practice as a lawyer and have fun paying those loans at an entry-level non-legal salary arund $60K per year. 

Maybe you should have thought about law school before entering?

Are you trying to be an a$$??

I have invested two years and $45K.  Because I now have in-state tuition, I can finish for only $7K more, and you think that is 'the most absurd thing you have ever heard?'

I am pretty sure it makes plenty of sense, actually.

btw, I said 'even if I never practice,' not that I definitely will never practice. 

And I did 'think about law school before entering', you f-cking prick.

Funny how you internet hard-asses never say things like that to my face.  you must have a real miserable existence, getting your kicks out of talking sh1t anonymously on the internet.  get a life.

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Re: JAG corps
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2006, 03:50:53 PM »
Dude, don't get tough.  You are the one being an internet hardass because I would gladly say this to your face.  Maybe you should look into who you are talking about before you get all tough guyish.  I'm not some lil twerp on here.  I'm not going to have a pissing contest with you, but if you are ever in DC, feel free to look me up tough guy.
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2006, 04:12:46 PM »
Dude, don't get tough.  You are the one being an internet hardass because I would gladly say this to your face.  Maybe you should look into who you are talking about before you get all tough guyish.  I'm not some lil twerp on here.  I'm not going to have a pissing contest with you, but if you are ever in DC, feel free to look me up tough guy.

this guy works in the legal profession???  are you saying you want to fight me?  get a f-ing life.  you were being a jackass and you know it.  besides that, the *&^% you were saying was flat out wrong, adding to the ridiculous factor.  A JD is valuable even if you don't practice law, anyone could tell you that. 

'Maybe you should have thought about lawschool before entering' - that is a f-ing jackass comment, and out of line.


You are exactly the type of person that gives the legal profession a bad name.  I bet you drive around in a car you can barely afford, and refuse to be cordial to people not wearing suits... exactly the snotty, self-righteous type of people that make me dred meeting a new lawyer for an interview, because there is a 75% chance they are going to be exactly like you.

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Re: JAG corps
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2006, 04:27:56 PM »
I never said I wanted to fight you.  YOU said I would never say this to your face.  I simply implied that I would. 

Give me a break as#hole.  You are the one freaking out.


Actually, I drive 2 cars that my wife and I own outright.  I am not snotty at all, that isn't my style. 

Regarding a JD being useful outside of being a lawyer.  Keep thinking that.  I assure you, in government or even private sector, if you aren't acting as an attorney, that JD might be worth a $10K salary increase when you start but thats about it.  Way to piss away thousands of dollars.

The reason you can't get a job is because you went to an ok school and got mediocre grades not because law school is a total waste.  Not to mention your lack of interest in the profession surely has something to do with it.
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