The Marine Corps has two law education programs, the Funded Law Education Program and the Excess Leave Program.
Funded Law Education Program (FLEP). Pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2004, as implemented by DoD Directive 1322.12 and SECNAVINST 1520.7_, commissioned officers of the Marine Corps, while continuing to draw full pay and allowances, may be ordered as students at Government expense to American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law schools located in the United States for education leading to the degree of Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Law.
Excess Leave Program (Law) (ELP(L)). Pursuant to 37 U.S.C. 502(b), commissioned officers of the Marine Corps may be permitted leave without pay and allowances in excess of that authorized by 10 U.S.C. 701(b), to attend ABA accredited law schools located in the United States at no expense to the Government for education leading to the degree of Juris Doctor.
A selection board will convene annually to consider applications from commissioned officers and will recommend and will recommend officers for participation in FLEP or ELP(L). Satisfactory completion of either FLEP or ELP(L), coupled with successful completion of the Basic Lawyer Course and the Basic Operational Law Training Course, leads to designation as a Marine Corps judge advocate (MOS 4402).