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Funded Legal Education Program

April 09, 2013 | Captain Hannah He

The past few months of my life have been pretty busy trying to get into law school. I suppose I started "trying" about two and a half years ago, when I first decided to submit my packet for the Army's Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP), but all the hard work and worrying have come down to the last couple of weeks.

I was a political science and history buff in college, and have somehow managed to be a pretty good Signal officer for the past few years. I'm not going to lie, I actually really enjoyed all the missions and training I've been able to do. When I was eligible to apply for the Army's FLEP program, though, I jumped at the chance. I submitted my first packet in 2011, and was not selected. I bucked up, studied a little more, took the LSAT again, and submitted another packet in fall of 2012. A few days before Christmas, the list came out, and I made it! I'm sure it was my touching profession of love for studying cybersecurity law that made me a top pick for the Army to send to law school.

Since then, I've taken the LSAT again, and toiled over my law school applications. I carefully made my application list based on preferred location and program of study, narrowing my choices to the following:

- William & Mary

- George Mason

- University of Maryland

- DePaul University

- University of Baltimore

- California Western

Since my husband is also active duty military, and preparing for a deployment this summer, I decided to narrow my list to choices where he most likely can also get stationed. Three years apart for law school would be tough. The exceptions are DePaul, chosen for its awesome tech law and cultural property programs, and California Western, which is near family in San Diego but nowhere near an Army base.

Since turning in all my applications, I've been obsessively checking my email every ten minutes for any updates. So far, I'm only waiting on one more school (UMd) to come back with a decision. I hate waiting. All I want is a yes or no so I can continue on my merry way and start stressing about the move this summer!

This whole process has been a bit of a whirlwind for me, and I probably should've prepared better by already having my list and applications ready to go. No time to lose now!



1 Comment

  • 1LT Christopher Post
    5/29/2013 4:22 PM
    CPT He,

    I am also a signal officer trying to get into FLEP. I submitted my first application packet this past year, but was not accepted. I plan on resubmitting this year, and I was wondering if there was any advice you could give? Thanks.

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