Nice! Do they have an age requirement? What about the type of law school? Are they as strict as Big LAw when it comes to law school rank? What about grades and class rank? IS there an ideal cutoff or stated requirement? Do you have to go to boot camp? Do you have a say where you are stationed? Hmmm, I think that is it for now. Hehehe, thanks!
1. Age: Assuming you are going for a direct commission (you stay a civilian through all of law school and are automatically given your 1st Lt commission once you graduate and pass the bar), you have to be under 35.
2. Law School: I'm sure it is a factor but it seems to matter far less than BigLaw. I worked as part of the civilian law clerk program this summer and the composition of the office ranged from T14 through T3.
3. Grades/Rank: Absolutely matter, though my interview seemed to focus more on the litigation/trial courses. They were pleased about my A in Evidence, but did not even mention my Contracts CALI, etc. I feel they will also be more flexible than BigLaw, but they also look for different things. I would be sure to be in moot court, trial advocacy, etc.
4. Boot Camp: 5 weeks in Commissioned Officers Training, compared to the 14 of Basic Officers Training that those going through OTS proper exerpience. It is no longer the "salute school" that it was years past, but it is hardly like Army or USMC basic.
It is all JDs, MDs, and chaplains, so there it is understood everyone has a professional degree and could be making more bank in the civilian world. COT is also unique that by virtue of the advanced education, we are commissioned officers as of Day 1 of the training. Those that are going through BOT actually have to earn their commissions as an O-1, and are merely Officer Candidates until they graduate.
5. Say in Permanent Station: You give a "wish list" of your preferred bases and they allow you to select from 2 before you take your oath (in theory, you can still walk away if you hate both locations and not be committed) but it is the needs of the Air Force that will determine your station.
Edit: I just saw the comment regarding selectivity. I believe the AF selects a max 120 new JAGs each year, and some are coming from sources other than Direct Appointment (FLEP/ELP for active duty, OYCP, etc), so there are not a lot of spots. Depending on the year and the accession board, it is a 7%-11% selection rate.
I would think Army is the easiest given their rates of deployment and need for man power, though I'm sure it is still competitive.
USN takes very few direct appointments, so consider that as your are planning things out. If you want Navy, you'll have to have your mind made up by the end of 1L or so.
USMC is a totally different beast all together. 100% "rifleman first, lawyer second." Great if you want to eat mud through all the training.