Narberth, PA asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Going from Judge Advocate General (JAG) to Federal Judge

If I join the military as a JAG, I am required to serve there for four years. In the long term, I want to be a federal judge. However, will spending four years as a JAG hurt my chances of becoming a federal judge given that I will be four years behind in regards to clerking for judges compared to other law graduates of my same age, who do not join the military?

Please let me know. Thank you.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: Maybe the best person to pose your question to could be a former JAG. But your question remains open for four weeks. Given the high regard for the program because of its selection process, many would see it as a strong accomplishment. Some might see the fact that you would probably be working with the Uniform Code of Military Justice while your counterparts could be strengthening their civilian civil and criminal procedure skills as a disadvantage. Speak with JAGs, speak with federal clerks, and maybe repost your question under the Military Law section and you might get input from someone who has actual served in the JAG program. That could be valuable input for someone in your position. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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