In March 2011, BLS added an innovative program to its roster of clinics. Taught by then-Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Hennigan, a Major in the Air Force reserve with 12 years of Judge Advocate General (JAG) experience, the Military Legal Practice Clinic provides a foundation in military law to BLS students. “The idea behind the Clinic was to expose students at BLS to a potential career in the military, and to explore the inner workings of the military legal process so that they can be informed citizens when it comes to the military issues being debated in our nation, including military courts, Guantanamo Bay, and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” said Hennigan.
But the Clinic quickly accomplished more, becoming a steady pipeline for careers in the JAG Corps. Of the 26 students who have participated in the Clinic since its inception, 15 have received job offers with the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, or National Guard.