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The United States Army Judge Advocate General's School was originally established in 1942 during World War II and located at the University of Michigan Law School. Closed in 1946, it was reestablished at Fort Myer, VA in 1950 following the outbreak of the Korean War. It has been located at the University since 1951 when the Army accepted President Colgate Darden's offer to locate the JAG School at UVA. The JAG School was originally located at UVA so that JAG faculty and students could use the Law School's outstanding Law Library as if they were Law School faculty and students. When the Law School was relocated to the North Grounds in 1975, the JAG School was also relocated to its present location adjacent to the Law School.
The JAG School maintains its own library with collections devoted to military criminal law, the Geneva Conventions and the law of war, and military history. JAG School library books are listed in VIRGO and circulate under the same terms and conditions as Alderman books. Many unique and rare items in the JAG School library have been digitized by the Library of Congress and are available in VIRGO.
Military security requirements do not allow direct access to the JAG School building. Materials can be obtained by using the "Request LEO delivery" button in the Virgo catalog record display.