For the first time, noncommissioned officers are eligible to apply for a program that allows them to attend civilian law school at government expense.

The Office of the Judge Advocate General is accepting applications for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. There are openings for 25 active duty commissioned officers and NCOs this year.

Selected service members will attend law school beginning in the fall of 2021 and will remain on active throughout the coursework.

Applications must be received no later than Nov. 1. Early submissions are welcome.

Interested officers and NCOs should review Army Military Personnel Message 20-135 and Chapter 10, AR 27-1, “The Judge Advocate General's Funded Legal Education Program,” to determine if they are eligible.

This program is open to regular Army captains, lieutenants, sergeants 1st class, staff sergeants and sergeants from the Operations, Operations Support, Force Sustainment, and Health Services divisions, as well as Army Special Operations Force and Cyber.

Commissioned officer applicants must have at least two, but not more than six, years of active federal service at the time legal training begins. NCO applicants must have at least four, but not more than eight, years of total active federal service at the start of school. Eligibility is governed by statute, 10 U.S.C. 2004, and is non-waivable.

Interested officers and NCOs should immediately register for the earliest offering of the Law School Admission Test. Visit www.lsac.org/lsat for full details on LSAT dates and registration deadlines.

Applicants must route their application through command channels, to include the individual’s branch manager at HRC, to the Office of the Judge Advocate General, ATTN: DAJA-PT (Ms. Yvonne Caron-Rm 2B517), 2200 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310.

Electronic applications in PDF format also can be emailed to yvonne.m.caron2.civ@mail.mil.

Contact the Fort Lee Office of the Staff Judge Advocate for further information about the Funded Legal Application Program.