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Civilian Military Attorney Jobs

I see lots of these on USA jobs do these typically go to ex t3success05/16/17
A good amount but not as much as you might think. Really de thermocutty05/16/17
I interviewed for one and got through the reference check bu downwardslope05/16/17
Good job, Downward, not everyone gets an interview, sometime marc05/27/17
Yes, many times JAG will get a good crack at these jobs beca tom_foolery05/28/17
I recently lateraled to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from a texfed05/28/17
t3success (May 16, 2017 - 5:56 am)

I see lots of these on USA jobs do these typically go to ex JAGS and Reserve JAGS I suppose?

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thermocutty (May 16, 2017 - 8:33 am)

A good amount but not as much as you might think. Really depends on the position. Many of those jobs are for very niche roles (e.g. environmental law attorney for a group of military installations) where long, unbroken, and relevant experience in the civilian sector might be preferable to a JAG who had to delve into several areas over their military career.

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downwardslope (May 16, 2017 - 1:34 pm)

I interviewed for one and got through the reference check but I think they took someone who was a former JAG after all. I had a coworker in the reserves do the JAG side during his deployment so I could see them taking those folks first. It was a really niche area though.

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marc (May 27, 2017 - 10:33 pm)

Good job, Downward, not everyone gets an interview, sometimes they can hire without interviewing anyone. Sometimes a person will have some military experience (non JAG) like contracts as a contract specialist, or combat so they understand the operational side of the mission. The bottom line, keep on applying, and look for places that are in isolated bases, etc, and you might be the one that makes it because you might be the only one that applied, but that will get your foot in the door and from there you can then get all of your relevant experience, to apply for job that is closer to a major city. I applied and it took like two years to hear back from two entities but I ended with job offers from both. Remember with the hiring freeze being lifted DOD is still trying to get attorney positions filled in these backwater areas so good luck!

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tom_foolery (May 28, 2017 - 3:59 am)

Yes, many times JAG will get a good crack at these jobs because they are at the office already and their wanting to get out of the green suit coincides with the civilian opening. I have seen it a few times.

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texfed (May 28, 2017 - 10:22 am)

I recently lateraled to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from a civilian federal agency. Here were the backgrounds at this year's national orientation class (in no particular order):
-Honors attorneys
-JAG
-Local DA or PD
-Labor/Employment specialists
-Contract people from elsewhere in DoD
-Private practice real estate specialists

Schools ranged from HSYCCN to a mid-career Cooley grad.

Great agency, btw. Most diverse practice I've seen since I was at DOJ--every day is different.

No idea if we're hiring (sorry), but worth a shot even if you have a non-traditional resume.

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