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Re: Legal Officer Recruiting [Merged]
« Reply #150 on: December 13, 2016, 18:43:08 »
FJAG,

So if I meet the required standards, will I definitely be interviewed?
Or will I only be interviewed if I rank in the top X% (whatever that may be) of candidates that meet the standards?

The reason I ask is that although I may not have as much experience as other applicants, I would love the chance to meet the Board and show them my passion for the job, etc.

I can't give you a definitive answer as I've been retired from the branch since 2009. In my day everyone who met the required enrolment standards was invited to an interview.

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Re: Legal Officer Recruiting [Merged]
« Reply #151 on: December 04, 2017, 11:51:35 »
Hi everyone,

I have some questions regarding the recruiting process for a DEO Legal Officer (Reserve) that I am hoping someone can address:

1. I understand that the final determination is made by the JAG panel following an interview in Ottawa, Ontario.  What types of questions are asked in this interview?  How difficult/intense is it? Any tips on preparing for it, should my application get that far?



Could someone who has been through the JAG recruitment recently share a bit on these questions? When they schedule you for an interview, is the applicant informed of the topics that will be tested on? Do they test you during the interview on your foreign languages abilities?
What materials did you find useful in preparing for this interview (mostly internet, Letourneau & Drapeau's book)?

How long does the process take?

When do you find out where you will be posted?

Throughout your career, can you be posted to any base or only at the JAG offices (which should exclude places like Gander, Goose Bay) ?

What is the average age to start with JAG?

Thank you in advance.



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Re: Legal Officer Recruiting [Merged]
« Reply #152 on: December 04, 2017, 13:44:00 »
Before I start -- are you talking about regular force or reserve?  There is some difference between the two.

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Re: Legal Officer Recruiting [Merged]
« Reply #153 on: December 04, 2017, 23:45:18 »
Regular. thank you.

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Re: Legal Officer Recruiting [Merged]
« Reply #154 on: December 05, 2017, 01:40:29 »

Could someone who has been through the JAG recruitment recently share a bit on these questions?

With a handle like fata morgana, I hope that you are not just a mirage trolling this site.

When they schedule you for an interview, is the applicant informed of the topics that will be tested on?
There is no testing. The interview is to learn about you as an individual. You'll be asked questons about yourself, what you have accomplished and what you are bringing to the table that makes you a better candidate than the others.

Do they test you during the interview on your foreign languages abilities? Again, no test but if you indicate that you speak both official languages you may be engaged in conversation in the other official language to see how you do.

What materials did you find useful in preparing for this interview (mostly internet, Letourneau & Drapeau's book)? Neither of those books are well thought of by many people in the branch. You're far better off to be broadly knowledgeable in current events and the Canadian Forces in general. If you are a specialist in a unique area then being prepared to discuss that may be useful. Remember, the board will already have been provided information from the recruiting office about your level of education, past experience etc. This is a chance for you to impress them on a personal level.

How long does the process take? It varies depending upon the number of people scheduled for that day but count on twenty minutes to an hour.

When do you find out where you will be posted? Not until after your entire recruiting and selection process is complete. Most newly enrolled LegOs start off in Ottawa but it is possible that you may be sent to a regional office.

Throughout your career, can you be posted to any base or only at the JAG offices (which should exclude places like Gander, Goose Bay) ? Postings are to established JAG/AJAG/DJA/RMP etc offices however as the CF changes its presence in various communities, so does the JAG to ensure proper coverage.
 
What is the average age to start with JAG? I'm not sure I can answer that very well. It varies from year to year. My guess is generally from the mid-twenties to early-thirties although clearly we have taken in folks older than that.

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Re: Legal Officer Recruiting [Merged]
« Reply #155 on: December 05, 2017, 15:10:49 »
What materials did you find useful in preparing for this interview (mostly internet, Letourneau & Drapeau's book)? Neither of those books are well thought of by many people in the branch. You're far better off to be broadly knowledgeable in current events and the Canadian Forces in general. If you are a specialist in a unique area then being prepared to discuss that may be useful. Remember, the board will already have been provided information from the recruiting office about your level of education, past experience etc. This is a chance for you to impress them on a personal level.

How long does the process take? It varies depending upon the number of people scheduled for that day but count on twenty minutes to an hour.
 
What is the average age to start with JAG? I'm not sure I can answer that very well. It varies from year to year. My guess is generally from the mid-twenties to early-thirties although clearly we have taken in folks older than that.

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I figured I'd add a little bit to this post, though I'll stay in my lane and speak to items I am familiar with. Upfront, I did not enter through the Direct Entry Officer program, but rather through the Military Legal Training Plan. This means I went to my interview not as a lawyer, but as an infantry officer with high hopes.

To prepare for my interview, though I believe this to be well-rounded advice, I took to time to learn everything about the branch I could. You can access the annual reports for the Branch online, and this will provide you with some information about the Branch, about the stats (though that wasn't really important), as well as recent court decisions of importance to the Branch (this was important). Going in with a firm understanding of what you may be signing up for is always a good start. To put it in perspective: I was asked what the "vision" of the Branch was.

My interview was fairly long, perhaps even over an hour. Why? Because I was interested in a lot of things, so I asked a lot of questions at the end. This may not be the best for you, that's your call to make, but it was an opportunity to learn for me and show my interest and eagerness (ask FJAG, I'm pretty sure I bugged him with about a dozen messages on here alone).

As for age... ugh. I'm starting to feel like an old man. I was accepted in early 2016 and started school September of that year. I'm 35 now. So... Age is only a number?

Hope that helps,
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Re: Legal Officer Recruiting [Merged]
« Reply #156 on: December 05, 2017, 16:44:05 »
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To prepare for my interview, though I believe this to be well-rounded advice, I took to time to learn everything about the branch I could. You can access the annual reports for the Branch online, and this will provide you with some information about the Branch, about the stats (though that wasn't really important), as well as recent court decisions of importance to the Branch (this was important). Going in with a firm understanding of what you may be signing up for is always a good start. To put it in perspective: I was asked what the "vision" of the Branch was.
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That's excellent advice!

Here's the link: http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/about-org-structure/judge-advocate-general.page

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Re: Legal Officer Recruiting [Merged]
« Reply #157 on: February 22, 2018, 11:58:20 »
What are the chances that my file could have been closed without notifying me? I applied over a year ago, and have heard nothing. Because the Legal Officer process is outside the regular recruitment process, the recruiting office hasn't been able to advise me of anything. Now I'm wondering if I was rejected for some reason and they forgot to tell me...
 
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Re: Legal Officer Recruiting [Merged]
« Reply #158 on: February 22, 2018, 17:25:40 »
What are the chances that my file could have been closed without notifying me? I applied over a year ago, and have heard nothing. Because the Legal Officer process is outside the regular recruitment process, the recruiting office hasn't been able to advise me of anything. Now I'm wondering if I was rejected for some reason and they forgot to tell me...

All legal officer recruiting funnels through the office of the DJAG COS in Ottawa and whose name and contact methods ought to be available on the JAG's DWAN website. If a local recruiting office does not have information on the current round of recruiting available they should be able to check status through that office.

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