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Ira C. Eaker College for Professional Development  
Air Force Judge Advocate General School  
Col Bruce T. Brown, Commandant  
http://www.maxwell.af.mil/au/cpd/jagschool  


The Air Force Judge Advocate General (AFJAG) School was established in 1950 at Maxwell AFB. The school went through an inactive period in the 1960s before becoming part of the Institute of Professional Development, the predecessor of the Ira C. Eaker College for Professional Development, in 1969. The initial charter of the AFJAG School was to teach military law to new Air Force judge advocates. That charter has expanded substantially as the school now conducts many advanced and specialized courses. The school currently offers 32 different resident and nonresident courses in 45 offerings.

The annual student body of some 3,600 consists of a selected group of active duty, Air Force Reserve (AFR), and Air National Guard (ANG) judge advocates, paralegals, and civilian attorneys from the Air Force, the other armed services, and many federal agencies.

The AFJAG School faculty also provides instruction on legal subjects to students attending Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, Squadron Officer College, the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, the International Officer School, the Aerospace Basic Course, other CPD schools, and other Air University colleges and schools.

The Air Force JAG School performs several other educational functions including: administering the Judge Advocate General Department's continuing legal education (CLE) program for Air Force attorneys; publishing The Air Force Law Review (semiannually), the Air Force legal magazine The Reporter (quarterly), and The Military Commander and the Law (biannually); and teaching principles of American constitutional democracy, military justice, and human rights to foreign military officers and civilians through the Expanded International Military Education and Training Program.

Mission and Goals: The AFJAG School provides high-quality and relevant education for judge advocates, civilian attorneys, and paralegals to meet the needs of the Air Force. The school's formal and continuing legal education courses contribute to the professional development of judge advocates, civilian attorneys, and paralegals. Courses of study broaden and refine the students' understanding of the complexities of military legal practice. Graduates will have the ability to analyze and comprehend

  • foundations of military law and basic advocacy skills
  • management and leadership skills necessary to supervise a base legal office
  • the methods and techniques used in courtroom advocacy and specialized handling of expert witnesses, forensic evidence, complex evidentiary issues, and demonstrative evidence
  • the principles of civilian personnel management and litigation
  • the principles and concepts of federal and state environmental law and the DOD procedures for compliance
  • the principles of international military operations, the law of armed conflict, and rules of engagement
  • the principles and concepts of claims and tort litigation
  • basic information on federal tax laws, estate planning, and the administration of a full service tax program
  • technical issues encountered in dealing with the systems acquisition process

Initiatives Summary

The AFJAG School has adopted several initiatives based on research studies, technological innovations, and other creative curriculum developments to enhance the ability of graduates to perform their professional duties. These initiatives include

  • integrating more hands-on practical procedure exercises into each course
  • creating mentoring opportunities for faculty and students in resident courses
  • integrating distance learning methodologies and the latest information technology advances into all courses and publications
  • adding specialized and updated courses to meet the increasing needs of new Air Force missions and of attorneys and paralegals in the field

The AFJAG School Symposium Program hosts two symposia each year to strengthen the bonds and mutual understanding between the American military and civilian society, and enhance the education of Air Force legal practitioners about cutting-edge legal, social, and policy issues affecting both American society and the Armed Forces.

Resident Curriculum

The academic environment of the AFJAG School encourages free expression of ideas and an opportunity for independent and analytical thinking. The resident curriculum fosters advanced learning in the areas of advocacy, environmental law, labor law, and law office leadership and management so that judge advocates and paralegals can ensure that the best legal service and advice are provided to Air Force commanders, staff agencies, and personnel.

Duration and Quota. Frequency of presentation, length, and number of students varies for each course. Contact the AFJAG School or its Internet home page for specific information.

Prerequisites and Selection. Requirements vary for each course.

Curriculum Summary
Course Title Academic Hours
Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course 337.50
Staff Judge Advocate Course 85.00
Reserve Forces Judge Advocate Course 35.75
Air Force Reserve Annual Survey of the Law 24.00
Air National Guard Annual Survey of the Law 24.00
Deployed Air Reserve Components Operations and Law Course 20.00
Military Judges Seminar 32.00
Law Office Managers Course 81.90
Claims and Tort Litigation Course 76.20
Federal Employee Labor Law Course 35.00
Advanced Labor and Employment Law Seminar 20.00
Environmental Law Course 33.70
Trial and Defense Advocacy Course 61.00
Advanced Trial Advocacy Course 38.00
Operations Law Course 69.75
Advanced Environmental Law Course 19.00
Environmental Law Update Course 19.50
International Law Course 18.50
Federal Income Tax Law Course 41.00
Legal Aspects of Information Operations Course 24.00
Aircraft Accident Investigation Legal Advisor Course 24.00
Military Justice Administration Workshop 36.00
Paralegal Apprentice Course 248.00
Paralegal Craftsman Course 240.00
Reserve Components WebFLITE Workshop 12.00
Reserve Forces Paralegal Course 80.00
Fiscal and Appropriations Law Course (teleseminar) 28.00
Air Force Systems and Logistics Contracting Course (teleseminar) 32.50


Enrichment Offerings

These programs are designed to help Air Force attorneys and paralegals update and refresh their skills in several areas. State CLE credit is not offered for these tapes. They give attorneys and paralegals who are unable to attend resident courses the opportunity to benefit from some of the AFJAG School's best presentations. The enrichment tapes may be ordered by contacting the CLE director.

These tapes include discussions, presentations, and lectures on specific subjects in the areas of criminal law, trial advocacy, environmental law, labor law, and federal claims and tort litigation. Paralegal enrichment offerings include subjects in the areas of claims and tort litigation and in the law officer managers course.

Nonresident Curriculum

The AFJAG School utilizes a number of distance learning methodologies to provide nonresident students with advanced training and education in specialized legal areas. The school currently has the following non-resident courses and tapes available for CLE credit. Note that the specific number of credit hours allowed for each course sometimes varies with each state. You should contact the AFJAG School CLE director (CPD/JAC, 150 Chennault Circle, Maxwell AFB AL 36112-6418, DSN 493-2802, or see the school's Internet home page) to determine how many hours each state allows and also to order any of the courses or tapes.



Curriculum Summary
Course Title Academic Hours
International Law 4
Professional Responsibility (Ethics) for Air Force Lawyers 3


Academic Credit

The AFJAG School offers two types of CLE: credit and enrichment. CLE credit can be earned by participating in programs counting toward state minimum CLE requirements. The school obtains state approval for three categories of CLE credit: resident courses taught at the AFJAG School; nonresident teleseminar or video courses prepared by the AFJAG School and broadcast or distributed on request; and conferences, workshops, and seminars conducted by various offices in the Air Force Office of The Judge Advocate General. The nonresident video courses consist of reading materials (syllabus), a videotape presentation, and seminar questions. This format is designed to take advantage of local expertise by using those individuals as discussion leaders. Credit can be obtained for conferences, workshops, and seminars on a case-by-case basis. You should contact the CLE director at least 30 days in advance of the date of the session.

Although the AFJAG School serves as a liaison with state bars in obtaining approval for CLE credit programs, the main goal remains that of providing meaningful legal education to judge advocates who need an update in a certain area or are moving to a new position and are unable to attend the appropriate resident course. With this goal in mind, the AFJAG School offers enrichment programs that do not include any written materials. These offerings are designed to provide a wide variety of information, from particulars for the practitioner to advanced discussions on recent legal issues. The nucleus of these noncredit enrichment programs is a collection of lectures from various resident specialized courses.

Through this dual system of credit and enrichment programs, the AFJAG School is committed to providing the Judge Advocate General's Department with advanced legal education that responds to the department's training and educational needs. This CLE ensures that judge advocates and paralegals have the tools to do their jobs professionally.

For formal nonresident CLE credit, the senior installation staff judge advocate certifies course completion in writing to the AFJAG School CLE administrator, and the administrator then certifies course completion with the appropriate state.

Through affiliation of the Ira C. Eaker College for Professional Development with the Community College of the Air Force, graduates of the Paralegal Craftsman Course (12 hours), Paralegal Apprentice Course (10 hours), Law Office Managers Course (four hours), and the Claims and Tort Litigation Course (two hours) who are enrolled in CCAF may receive the annotated number of semester hours of credit toward an associate degree. Course graduates may apply for credit through the Registrar, CCAF/RRR, 130 W. Maxwell Blvd., Maxwell AFB AL 36112-6613. For further information, see the CCAF catalog in your base education services office.



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