Uniformed LN Paralegals
Legalmen possess knowledge and expertise regarding military and civilian legal systems, and substantive and procedural law which qualify them to perform the work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney.
The JAG Corps selects, develops and retains a diverse force of mature, intelligent and challenge-seeking personnel for the Legalman rating. Legalmen work under the supervision of attorneys, preparing and processing legal documents in the areas of military justice, legal assistance, and administrative, civil and operational law. Their knowledge and expertise make them a valuable asset to civilian law firms if and when they decide to leave the Navy.
Skills & Training
On the road to becoming a Legalman, there is an intense 11-week training course in military justice, court-martial procedures, legal assistance, and administrative, civil, operational and procedural law. The course includes classroom instruction and practical application.
Earn College Credits
Upon successful completion of the basic course at the Naval Justice School, a Legalman receives 10 semester hours of American Bar Association-approved classes toward a degree in paralegal studies. The classes include: Ethics; Introduction to Law; Emerging Technology in the Law Office; and Legal Research and Writing. The Legalman community provides opportunities for advanced training in legal assistance, legal research and writing, shipboard Legalman duties and law office management, which may also translate to additional credits at the bachelor’s and associate’s degree level.
The Opportunities Are Endless
As a Legalman, you might assist Judge Advocate General (JAG) officers in the litigation of military cases or provision of legal assistance or you might provide legal support on a Command or Admiral’s staff. Day-to-day duties include:
- Providing assistance to Sailors & JAG officers
- Serving as law office managers
- Assisting in the preparation of legal forms
- Conducting legal research
- Maintaining legal records and official publications
- Preparing official accounts of investigations and courts-martial
- Processing appeals
- Performing various administrative and clerical law office duties
- Legalman (LN) Rating Accession / Conversion Procedures - JAGINST 1440.1E
- OJAG / NLSC Command Career Counselor Roster
- Career Handbook 2009
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