Syracuse University hosts the largest number of Army ROTC Educational Delay Program cadets in the nation

Syracuse University College of Law proudly counts among its students three Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students – Ray Scarlatta L’23, Anthony “Ben” Emmi L’23, and David Trombly The 24 – part of the United States Army Educational Delay Program (Ed Delay). All three were selected from a pool of 20,000 cadets to be among 130 Ed Delay cadets nationwide. This competitive national program delays active duty for cadets while they attend law school. The law school has the most Ed Delay cadets of any law school in the country.

The Ed Delay program is designed as a pathway for ROTC cadets in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, the military justice and military law branch of the U.S. military. During their third year of law school, the cadets compete for selection into the JAG Corps. Selection for Ed Delay does not guarantee selection for the JAG Corps, but greatly increases a student’s chances.

“Many ROTC cadets are introduced to the Corps of JAG and seek the opportunity to attend law school right after their undergraduate studies instead of going directly to active duty in another branch. Next, students then explore which law school would best prepare them for the JAG Corps. We are so proud that Syracuse University College of Law has become a school of choice for Army Ed Delay students,” said Beth Kubala, executive director of the Betty and Michael D. Wohl Veterans Legal Clinic at the College of Law. “Here at the College of Law, we have several faculty members with JAG experience and courses that allow students to focus on national security law. Couple this legal education and mentorship with the university’s support network for military-related students and our ability to prepare these students to become military lawyers is unmatched.

Ray Scarlatta

Scarlatta came to Syracuse University after earning a bachelor’s degree in global supply chain management and a minor in law school from Clarkson University, where he was an ROTC cadet. While in law school, he was named president of the National Security Student Association for the 2021-22 academic year, and in 2021 attended an externship with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum. This year, Scarlatta has been chosen as the next editor of the Syracuse Law Review.

“I applied to the Ed Delay program because I decided as a freshman in college that I wanted to be an officer in the JAG Corps,” says Scarlatta. “I want to be a lawyer in the JAG Corps because of the sheer breadth of legal opportunities and experience the military provides young lawyers that private law firms can’t. In addition to this extensive legal experience, I can represent and assist the best clients in the world, US Army soldiers.”


Anthony “Ben” Emmi

Emmi was an ROTC cadet at Mercyhurst University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and Spanish language before enrolling in law school. He has participated in briefings for ROTC cadets and last summer articled at a criminal law firm. Emmi also served as a research assistant to William C. Banks, professor of law emeritus and founding director of the Institute for Security Policy and Law at Syracuse University.

“I applied to the Ed Delay program because I knew I wanted to serve as a JAG, and I also knew that the JAG Corps is small and competitive,” says Emmi. “While each path to the JAG Corps offers advantages and disadvantages, I saw the Ed Delay program as the first available opportunity to be selected for the JAG Corps.”

After earning his bachelor’s degree in political science/international relations and criminology from Stonehill College, Trombly enrolled in the Ed Delay program. He is an active member of the Corporate Law Society and the National Security Student Association.

David Trombley

David Trombley

“Syracuse University has been touted as a place where military-related students not only have great opportunities to succeed, but are also surrounded by students, staff, and faculty veterans,” says Trombly. “Being accepted into the Ed Delay program is a major step towards being able to serve as a JAG. At Syracuse, there are former JAGs on campus who will help all of us in the program succeed at a level that maximizes our chances of one day becoming JAGs ourselves.

“Ray, Ben, and David epitomize why Syracuse University is the best place for veterans and military-related students,” Kubala says. “Our hope, of course, is that through our programs and opportunities at law school, these three incredible young lawyers will have rewarding careers as Army JAG officers.”

“Syracuse University College of Law’s ability to attract and produce high-performing JAG candidates is a testament to their unwavering commitment to our military community,” says LTC Aaron Lykling, chief of the Army Judge Advocate Recruiting Office. “The Ed Delay program is often considered the preferred route to becoming a JAG officer. Scarlatta, Emmi and Trombly are an example of the type of phenomenal talent the program attracts every year. »

Brigadier General Ronald D. Sullivan, an Army Judge Advocate who is currently the Chief Justice (IMA) of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, graduated from the Army ROTC in 1993 from the battalion bison from Howard University. Sullivan entered the Army ROTC Educational Delay Program and graduated from the University of Kansas Law School in 1996. He wanted to be an Army JAG attorney,” Sullivan says. “For or me, the Army Ed Delay program was the best route to achieve this personal goal. The confidence that the Army placed in me, by offering me the chance to pursue my dream of practicing law as a member of the Army JAG Corps Regiment, was a daily motivation throughout the faculty of Law.

See more information about the Army Educational Delay Program, here.

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