Law Education Program for Air Force ROTC Cadets

Education Delay Law Program

Ed Delay is a three year program for officers commissioned through AFROTC who want to delay their entry on active duty to study law. Applicants are not guaranteed positions as AF Judge Advocates and must compete for selection both for entry into the program and for entry into the Judge Advocate General’s Department at the end of the program.


Interested Students must:

  1. Have applied and ultimately have been admitted to an ABA approved law school
  2. Be in good academic standing
  3. Meet AFROTC commissioning standards

How to apply for the Ed delay coming in

Students apply through the local AFROTC detachment during the spring semester of their senior year in college. They should complete the on-line application provided by HQ USAF/JAG The deadline for completing the application paperwork and the hiring interview is February 1.

How to apply for the Ed Delay coming Out

The second application process for selection as a judge advocate occurs during the final term of law school. Students repeat the same application process they complete for entry into the program. The deadline for this application is 1 February.


Selection is on a best qualified basis. Selection factors include academic performance, extracurricular activities, work experience, community service, military record and the interview recommendation. The best qualified applicants are selected by the Judge Advocate General using recommendations from board of senior judge advocates. The selection board is convened in February each year. And applicants are notified the results by letter.

While in the Program

Participants in the Ed Delay Law Program are assigned to the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and are required to inform AFIT of their academic progress. They normally perform a summer internship between their second and third year of law school. Internships vary from 60 to 89 days and during such periods officers draw a full pay and benefits and travel allowances. Typically the internship is performed at the base legal officer near the officers place of residence.

Financial Assistance

Participants are responsible for the cost of their legal education and they do not receive military pay or benefits during their legal studies.

Graduate Law Program (GLP)

The Graduate Law Program is a 2 year Air Force ROTC program for law students. Once selected for the GLP students are eligible for a position as an Air Force judge Advocate upon successful completion of the AFROTC program, graduating from an AVA approved law school, completion of legal licensing requirements (including admission to practice before any stat’s highest court) and medical qualification.


  1. Be attending an ABA approved law school that is also an AFROTC host or cross-town school.
  2. Be in good academic standing.
  3. Meet AFROTC entry standards, such as US citizenship, Air Force Officer Qualifying Test minimum scores and AFROTC fitness and medical standards.
  4. Selectees must be under the age of 35 at the time of commissioning.

Applying for the Graduate Law Program

The application process is done in two parts:

  1. Students apply through the local AFROTC detachment at the beginning of the spring semester of their first year of law school.
  2. Students complete the application and schedule a hiring interview with the senior attorney (staff judge advocate) at a nearby Air Force base. The deadline for completion of all application paperwork and the hiring interview is February 1.


Selectees attend a six-week field training at an Air Force base during the summer before either their second or third year of law school. They complete the normal academic requirements for the AFROTC two-year program while attending their second and third year of law school.

Commissioning And Service

Graduates incur a four-year active duty service commitment. They begin active duty as first lieutenants and are eligible for promotion to captain on the day they complete six months of active duty.

Financial Assistance

Students are paid during summer field training and receive a monthly tax-free stipend between $350 and $400 each month of school during the last two years of their legal education.