Funded Legal Education Program
Benefit Fact Sheet
Service members interested in joining the Air Force Staff Judge Advocate Corps (AFSJAC) may be eligible for the Air Force to cover the cost of law school using Funded Legal Education Program. Service members continue to serve on active duty and the Air Force covers the cost of tuition, fees, and a book allowance. This program is based on funding availability and limited to 25 officers per fiscal year.
Applicants must be a citizen of the United States, serving on extended active duty, in the rank of O-3 or below for at least 2 years but not more than six years, and graduate of an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree. You must also obtain a conditional release though the Air Force Personnel Center from your career field should you be selected for Funded Legal Education Program.
Enlisted service members must also meet the requirements of the enlisted to Officer Training School commissioning program in AFMAN-36-2032 and have six months retainability pats the projected graduation date.
The Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP) provides Service members the opportunity to attend law school fully funded and become judge advocates. Enlisted personnel have the opportunity to apply to commission and then attend law school through FLEP. Airmen continue to serve while attending school and the cost of tuition, fees and a book allowance are included.
The FLEP tuition limits are set by Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) on an annual basis and vary from year to year based on available funding. If chosen for FLEP you are not permitted to supplement tuition expenses or fees with any need-based scholarships, private and personal funding sources or the GI Bill.
Service members must:
Be a citizen of the United States
Currently serving on extended active duty
In the rank of O-3 or below, serving for at least 2 years but not more than six years
Graduate of an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree
Obtain a conditional release though the Air Force Personnel Center from your career field should you be selected for Funded Legal Education Program.
Apply to an American Bar Association approved law school and provide a statement listing law schools where the applicant as applied or been accepted. (TJAG reserves the authority to specify the law school that the applicant will attend.)
Complete the Law School Admission Test and results from the Law School Data Assembly Service or the Law School Admission Counsel.
Enlisted Service members must also meet the requirements of the enlisted to Officer Training School commissioning program in AFMAN-36-2032 and have six months retainability past the projected graduation date.
Service members can apply on-line at: https://jagusaf.jag.af.mil/accessions/pHome.php
You must upload the following items when applying:
Full-length color photograph (in service dress, 5” x 7” or 8” x 10”, jpg.)
Release letter from AFPC Functional Manager (PDF)
Motivational statement (one page, double-spaces, one-inch margin, 11-point Times New Roman font, PFD)
Law School Application Form, Law School Letters of Acceptance, Academic Scholarship Letters (FLEP Law Schools, PDF)
DD214 (if prior military, PDF)
Officer SURF, Officer Performance Reports, Training Reports or Enlisted Performance Reports (PDF)
LSAT percentile (can be the report that was mailed to you)
Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (PDF, unofficial copies are acceptable)
Letters of recommendation (up to 5, PDF)
Optional writing sample (10 pages or less, PDF)
Family Care Plan (AF IMT 357, enlisted applicants only, if applicable)
Career Data Brief (PDF, enlisted applicants only)
AF Form 56 (including squadron commander interview, PDF, enlisted applicants only)
AFOQT scores (PDF, enlisted applicants only)
Verification of Security Clearance (enlisted applicants only)
Letters of Recommendation should be written by someone who can attest to your work ethic, duty performance and leadership potential. Address all letters to “Selection Board Member” and upload as part of your online application.
The online application allows you to select which Air Force Base you would like your Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) interview. Once you submit your online application the SJA will contact you to schedule an interview.
During the first two year of the program, officers must participate in legal internships during summer breaks. Internships must begin within 2 calendar days of the officer’s last examination or class and may not end earlier than 2 calendar days before the start of fall classes. Contact Air Force Institute of Technology and The Professional Development Directorate (AF/JAX) with the beginning and ending dates of your summer break along with the names of the closest Air Force Bases. AF/JAX will make internship assignments.
Winter internships are available for Service members living in the local area of an Air Force Installation. There is a minimum of work requirement of 10 duty days and leave is not authorized.
Upon completion of law school, the individual officer is responsible for the fees and expenses of bar review courses and bar examinations.
Officers must obtain a legal license as soon as possible and take the first scheduled bar examination following graduation from law school.
An active duty service commitment of two years active duty for each academic year or part thereof of legal training is accrued. Officers who are dropped from the program incur an active duty service commitment of one year for each year of participation in the program.
The active duty service commitment for commissioning through Officer Training School is four years The service commitments run consecutively and begin following law school.
Department of Air Force Instructions 51-101
The Judge Advocate General’s Corps
Air Force Institute of Technology