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Paul Irwin ( Class of 2017)

Hometown: Iowa Falls, Iowa

Undergraduate school and major: Drake University - Law, Politics, and Society

Extra-curricular or co-curricular activities in which you were involved during law school:

Treasurer, Military and National Security Law Society; Managing Editor, The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice

Your favorite Iowa Law memory:

My favorite aspect of Iowa Law was that the learning environment actively encouraged critical thinking and open discussion.

Current employer:

U.S. Navy JAG Corps


Norfolk, Virginia

Job title:

Staff Judge Advocate, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown

Description of what you do:

I currently serve Naval Weapons Station Yorktown as their sole Staff Judge Advocate. NWS Yorktown is a weapons and ammunition storage and loading deport for vessels belong to the US Atlantic Fleet. I provide legal guidance and advice to the base commander, as well as to the command leadership of 26 tenant commands, on a wide range of issues such as investigations, disciplinary matters, and base operations.

Your favorite part of your job:

My favorite aspect of working as a Judge Advocate is contributing to the mission of the U.S. Navy in a meaningful way while also developing as an attorney thanks to exposure to a wide-range of legal issues.

Your interests outside of work:

Outside of work, my personal interests are fitness, travel, and sports.

What do you wish your 1L/2L/3L self knew about the job search:

For those interested in the military JAG programs, they should start looking into the internship application the fall of their 1L year because the military closes their application window for internships much sooner than most civilian law firms. Because career services wouldn't normally speak to them that soon, they need to be tracking it on their own. The 2019 deadline for the Navy JAG internship application is January 18.