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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.