R 221700Z SEP 23
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA MM//
SUBJ/FISCAL YEAR 2024 FUNDED LAW EDUCATION PROGRAM (FLEP) AND EXCESS LEAVE PROGRAM (ELP) SELECTION BOARD//
REF/A/MSGID: DOC/SECNAV/YMD: 20190122//
REF/B/MSGID: DOC/MCO/YMD: 20190530//
REF/C/MSGID: DOC/MCO/YMD: 20210510//
NARR/REF A IS SECNAVINST 1520.7G, LAW EDUCATION PROGRAM. REF B ISMCO 1524.1, MARINE CORPS GRADUATE EDUCATION PROGRAM. REF C IS MCO 1300.8 CH 1, MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL ASSIGNMENT//
POC/J. B. WOODRUFF/MAJ/HQMC CDSP/TEL: 703-955-1424/DSN 223-9059/EMAIL: JOHN.WOODRUFF@USMC.MIL //
POC/J.L. GOSS/MAJ/MMOA-3/USMC/TEL: 703-784-9285/DSN 278-9285/EMAIL: SMBMMOAGRADEDU@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Purpose. This message announces the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Funded Law Education Program (FLEP) and Excess Leave Program (ELP) board convening on 7 November 2023. This message is to announce the programs, eligibility criteria, and timelines for the FY24 FLEP and ELP execution.
1.a. Major milestone timeline (read in two columns):
NLT Date Milestone
24 October 2023 Application deadline
1 November 2023 LSAT score required by MMOA-3
7 November 2023 FLEP and ELP board convenes
1 April 2024 Law School admission acceptance deadline
2a. The Law Education Programs (LEP) are an opportunity for officers to laterally transfer to the Marine Corps judge advocate primary MOS of 4402.
3.a. General eligibility criteria
3.a.1. Applicants must be a citizen of the United States.
3.a.2. Unrestricted commissioned officers in the Marine Corps on active duty.
3.b.1. Must be in the grade of captain or below.
3.b.2. Have a minimum of two years but not more than six years total active duty time (commissioned and enlisted service combined) when law education begins.
3.b.3. Be able to complete 20 years active service as a commissioned officer before their 62nd birthday. These are statutory qualifications and cannot be waived.
3.c.1. Applicants must have a minimum of two years of commissioned service, with no more than eight years of total active duty time (commissioned and enlisted service combined) when law education begins.
3.c.2. Officers applying for ELP must have a minimum of two years time-on-station by matriculation.
3.d. Ineligibility criteria
3.d.1. Officers previously selected to other Marine Corps Graduate Education Programs (MGEP) who are currently serving a utilization tour.
3.d.2. Officers who have been selected to a MGEP or resident Professional Military Education (PME) School for FY24.
4. School criteria
4.a. Applicants must apply to a broad range of schools that offer in-state or out-of-state tuition, and should thoroughly research schools for quality and expenses.
4.b. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply for scholarships and grants.
4.c. Tuition paid by Department of Defense will be capped at the same state levels referenced in U.S.C 38, Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Educational Assistance. Students may request to attend a school where tuition exceeds that cap, but they will incur any additional financial responsibility over the capped tuition rate. MMOA in conjunction with Judge Advocate Division (JAD) will adjudicate such requests.
4.d. Due to budget constraints, FLEP students who do not apply to a broad range of schools are subject to non-selection or removal after selection for failing to do so.
4.e. Letters of acceptance and application must state annual tuition for both in-state and out-of-state, and whether the applicant qualifies for in-state tuition. Include all information that will affect associated costs, to include, but not limited to, scholarships, grants, cash awards etc.
4.f. Commandant of the Marine Corps, Judge Advocate Division (JAD), in coordination with Manpower Management Officer Assignments (MMOA) and Training and Education Command (TECOM) will select law schools for the FLEP selectees.
4.g. Scholarships, fellowships, grants, or cash awards for the FLEP/ELP will not be accepted without prior approval of the MGEP manager.
5. Application process
5.a. Applicants shall apply to this program using an Administrative Action (AA) form, with any documents outlined below included as enclosures. Officers interested in the program should use the template application administrative action (AA) form on the following CAC enabled website: https:(slash)(slash)www.manpower.usmc.mil/webcenter/portal/OA3CEB/pages_cpibcclebupdates
5.b. Application coordinating instructions
5.b.1. Packages must be endorsed by the chain of command through the first general officer.
5.b.2. Applicants must submit their official LSAT scores to MMOA. A minimum score of 150 is required. Individuals seeking a waiver of the GRE in place of the LSAT should contact the POC listed in paragraph 7.
5.b.3. Packages should include the names of law schools accredited by the American Bar Association to which the applicant has applied and/or been accepted by, in priority order.
5.b.4. Applicants will ensure transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, with credits and letter grades, are contained in their application prior to the convening of the board.
5.b.5. Applicants must include a statement of acceptance of the service obligation in the application. Below are the service obligations per program.
5.b.5.a. Upon successful completion of FLEP, Marines incur two years (24 months) of obligated active service for each year (12 months), or any part thereof, spent in the program.
5.b.5.b. Upon successful completion of ELP, Marines incur one year (12 months) of obligated active service for each year (12 months), or any part thereof, spent in the program. In no case will the total period of obligated service under ELP be less than two years (24 months).
5.b.6. Applicants must submit a privacy act statement.
5.b.7. Applicants must notify their primary MOS monitor of intent to apply for FLEP and/or ELP prior to submitting application, and must include this correspondence in their application.
5.c. Email the application in Adobe PDF format to email@example.com, naming the file “EDIPI_FLEP_LastName” or “EDIPI_ELP_LastName” or “EDIPI_FLEP_ELP_LastName” if applying for both.
5.d. Officers who are eligible and desire to apply to both FLEP and ELP should submit a combined application.
6. General information for eligible population
6.a. Final selection to the program will be contingent upon MMOA-3 receiving the law school acceptance letters due no later than 15 April 2023.
6.b. Upon release of the results MARADMIN, and after program requirements are achieved, PCS orders will be issued for all selected officers.
6.c. Officers not yet career designated must be selected for and accept career designation prior to matriculation.
6.d. Officers to be screened by the FY23 Career Designation Panel (CDP) may submit packages and must agree in writing to accept career designation when offered.
6.e. If screened but not selected for career designation, selection to the FLEP and ELP programs will be disapproved.
7. Program point of contact
7.a. FLEP and ELP.
Major John Woodruff II
DSN: 223-9059, Comm: 703-955-1424
8. This MARADMIN is not applicable to the Marine Corps Reserve.
9. Release authorized by BGen Ryan S. Rideout Director, Manpower Management Division.//