so if i went to a tier 4 school...you don't think ill be competitive enough? i went to a military college for undergrad and i hope that would help.
I really think the school rank matters far less than for other types of lawyering.
Military life is not for everyone, I think that is twice so for law students. At least at my school, the vast majority are going the corporate attorney route at bigger firms so I think committing to a lower paying position without the BigLaw perks is not as common.
Even at a T4, I would guess most people aren't interested/able in regard to putting in 4+ years with the military where they won't have the freedom civilian life will offer.
I would think the military background would help though all of the Direct Commissions I am friends with do not have any military experience. At least with the AF, it seems understood that you are not there be a "soldier," you are a professional.
If you have the background and think JAG is right for you, you can do ROTC type program for your 1L/2L/3L at some schools (depends if a ROTC detachment is at the university with your law school). I know the Navy almost requires this (they only have a few direct commissions a year). It's a solid way to ensure JAG selection (I think it guarantees you, don't quote me on it), be commissioned a 2nd Lt/Ensign, and acquire "years" of service for your paygrade/retirement obligations. I think you also get a stipend.
In all, I think if you have solid grades and a committment to serve, you will be in good shape. I've picked up on that they like oral advocacy skills (moot court, mock trial) in that you do so much trial work early on. I know the the AF JASOC (the JAG school) has 2 internal moot court competitions alone.