To be eligible for PLC (Law) an applicant must be a senior in college who is accepted to a law school, or a 1L or 2L attending a ABA accredited law school. A participant in the program attends a ten week course during one summer at Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. After completing OCS they will receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and go onto inactive duty.

Following this training, the newly commissioned officer returns to law school to complete their legal education. During this period, they are promoted with their peers. During summer months, the individual may apply for active duty and be assigned to a Marine Corps base or unit and assume legal duties. Those selected for duty receive the pay and allowances of their rank, travel allowances, and per diem based on the geographic area to which they are assigned. After law school graduation, the individualmust take the first scheduled bar exam. If they do not successfully pass the first exam, they will be permitted to take the next scheduled exam. If the second exam is not passed, the individual will be ordered to active duty for a period specified in the service agreement.

When the individual passes either exam and is sworn in before the bar of a federal court or the highest court of a state or district, they will be ordered to The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia, and subsequently to the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island. Following this training he will serve as a judge advocate in the Marine Corps.

Any participant in the PLC (LAW) program who was commissioned after starting law school may, while at The Basic School, apply for and receive promotion credit for rank determination and seniority. Consequently, all lawyers will leave The Basic School as first lieutenants with approximately a year's seniority. Time in service for pay purposes (longevity) is computed from the date the reported to Officer Candidates School. Because of this, it is to an applicant's benefit to enter the PLC (LAW) program as early in his law school career as possible.


To apply for OCC (LAW) an applicant must be a senior in law school or a law school graduate. An applicant cannot be accepted to Officer Candidate School (OCS) as the holder of a law guarantee until he has passed the bar exam and has been admitted to the bar of a federal court or the highest court of a state or district. The swearing in document or certificate should be forwarded to Headquarters, Marine Corps, prior to the applicant reporting to OCS, but tentative approvals will be given by Headquarters, Marine Corps, pending receipt of the official swearing in document or certificate. If the document is not received, the law guarantee is void, and the applicant is under no contractual agreement with the Marine Corps.

Law Packet

This packet contains everything you need to know about pursuing a law contract for OCS.