What level of school do you need to attend to be a competitive candidate for JAG/FBI/DOJ/CIA?Right now my most economical options for the fall are W&L amd W&M. Are these schools prestigious enough to obtain these sorts of jobs?
Star...Those different organizations - DOJ, FBI, JAG, CIA - all have different standards. Getting a job at DOJ straight out of law school is much easier from a prestigious school. DOJ is a haven for grads from HYS etc. JAG is non-selective. You can come from Podunk University, and if you did well, and can make a case for why you want to do JAG, you'll be fine. There aren't nearly as many people 'competing' for JAG positions as there are competing for DOJ positions. JAG, imo, is basically something for which you simply sign up (as opposed to compete). One of the pathways for entering the FBI as a special agent is with 'legal experience', which means a JD from an accredited school. They recruit at a TON of schools nationwide. A friend from Dickinson (Penn State Law School) told me that the FBI recruited on campus. The starting salary for FBI jobs straight out of law school is right aruond 50k with locality pay. It's a very low-paying legal job, BUT, one that offers tons of excitement, experience, and gives you pretty solid career prospects. W&L & W&M are both in VA. Quantico is in VA. I would bet that the FBI recruits heavily out of these two schools, particularly W&L. I have no knowledge of the CIA. Jay
so i have my Army JAG interview tomorrow for their summer intern program. I'll take some of these questions and ask them. I have Air Force JAG for the same thing next week.