Careers in the JAG Corps with U.S. Air Force Major Samantha Sliney

Careers in the JAG Corps with U.S. Air Force Major Samantha Sliney

USAF Major & lawyer Samantha Sliney talks about her career as a JAG, or Judge Advocate General, and how you can pursue a legal career in the armed forces.

Show notes

Ever thought to yourself, “Being a lawyer sounds great, but I wish we had uniforms?” Wished 1L year was a little more like actual boot camp, and a little less like lawyer boot camp?

Good news: the military needs lawyers! USAF Major and happy lawyer Samantha Sliney joins the podcast to talk about her career as a JAG, or Judge Advocate General, and how you can pursue a legal career in the armed forces, too.

Listen and learn . . .

  1. Do JAGs deploy like other soldiers?
  2. What does a lawyer do in the military, anyway?
  3. How to find out how much money JAGs (and everyone else in the armed forces) really make
  4. Whether courts-martial are really like what you’ve seen on TV
  5. What a JAG’s career path looks like
  6. How to tell if you’re cut out for the JAG life
  7. What to do if you think this career might be for you

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Jelena Woehr

Jelena Woehr

Jelena was born & raised in Golden, CO. There she cut her teeth on logic by getting into, then out of, an impressive amount of trouble. When not organizing student protests or lobbying the school board, Jelena competed in equestrian sports & constitutional debate. Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction. After three months of study, Jelena achieved a score of 178. While she didn't end up falling in love with law school, she did find herself really enjoying the LSAT—so much that she left her previous career in tech startups behind and began teaching. Jelena prides herself on helping her students understand not just the systems and methods they can apply to get a good score, but the underlying logic & its applicability to the challenge of learning to think like a law student. Outside of her work with the LSAT, Jelena is a writer, creative content producer, & a competitive equestrian endurance rider.

Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel

In 2000, Branden graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. For a few years after, he cast about in vain for entry-level philosopher positions, but, when he was visited by the Ghost of Student Loans Past, he knew it was time to make a change. In June 2006, Branden took the LSAT, scoring a 175. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 and practicing patent law for several years. Since 2013, he has taught dozens of live LSAT classes and tutored scores of successful test takers. When he's not considering the finer points of a particularly tricky Logical Reasoning question or kicking it with his daughter, Branden writes Science Fiction. You can find him after work at the local Starbucks, typing furiously, then deleting what he typed, then typing more, and so on for hours.


Samantha Sliney

Samantha Sliney

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