Two VLSC Students Chosen for Summer JAG Internships

Two John Marshall Law School students have been selected for the highly competitive U.S. Army JAG Corps Summer Internship Program. They will be joining 68 other law students from around the country for this unique training experience.

Brian Clauss, center director of the Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic (VLSC), said he is extremely proud of third-year student Nicholas Esterman and second-year student Laura Wiley, who were chosen for the 60-day program. They may be assigned to any Army noncombat zone installation worldwide.

“To be selected is quite something. To have two students chosen from the same law school is really exceptional,” Clauss said. “I am excited for them and know that the work they’ve done through the VLSC Clinic will be important to their work this summer.”

Esterman and Wiley will be integrated in a JAG office, working in two-week blocks of time honing their skills in specialty areas, including prosecution, legal assistance claims, administrative law and international law.

But, they will learn more than just office work—they also are expected to participate in physical training. “It’s a practice in camaraderie,” said Clauss.

“I’m excited to have experience on the military side of things,” Esterman said, “and I’ll get to use the skills I’ve learned at John Marshall.”

Esterman and Wiley have been active in the VLSC during their law school careers, and both look forward to learning what the JAG Corps does on a daily basis.

“The army (through JAG) has its own law firm and serves a bigger community. This internship means doing the law, but also being a part of that Army community,” Wiley said.

Wiley also is excited to experience first-hand what JAG officers do. “I want to gain a deeper appreciation of their work, and learn how military law can parlay into other areas of law.”