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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Army legal officials are touting a new scholarship program that will send young officers to law schools and eventual jobs as military lawyers.

The Office of the Judge Advocate General is accepting applications for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program through Nov. 1, officials said last week. Under the program, up to 15 active-duty commissioned officers would be sent to U.S. law schools, with the military picking up the tab.

Officers selected for the program would begin law school in fall 2005, retaining their active-duty status while attending. After completing the law program, the officers would be assigned to the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps for the rest of their active-duty obligation.

The program “provides Army officers with a great opportunity of going to law school, getting their law degree without going into debt, all while remaining on active duty,” Capt. Laura Wells, deputy commander of the Yongsan Law Center, stated in an Army release.

The scholarship program is open to commissioned officers of ranks second lieutenant through captain, officials said.

“Applicants must have at least two, but not more than six years, of total active federal service at the time legal training begins,” Wells said.

Prospective applicants should send their requests through their commands and immediately register for the next session of the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT, officials said.

A second copy of the application should be sent to the Office of The Judge Advocate General in Rosslyn, Va. For more information locally, interested candidates can call the Yongsan Law Center at DSN 738-6832.


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