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Navy Civilians

We are approximately 400 civilians working alongside uniformed attorneys and paralegals. We are based throughout the world and support the practice of law for our Navy and our nation. We are the civilians of the U.S. Navy JAG Corps.

The JAG Corps' mission is critical to the success of military operations. JAG Corps civilians perform a wide variety of legal and non-legal roles to ensure the Navy's legal mission is accomplished. As we operate in increasingly complex legal and regulatory environments, the Navy is always in need of new talent to join its ranks and bring expertise and innovative thinking.

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Overview

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We are over 900 attorneys based throughout the world who practice law, support the Navy, and serve our nation ashore and at sea. As commissioned naval officers, we are the uniformed lawyers of the U.S. Navy. We are members of the Navy's Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps.

Our practice encompasses a broad array of law. Our mission is critical to the success of military operations. As we operate in increasingly complex legal and regulatory environments, the Navy is always in need of new legal talent to join its ranks and bring expertise and innovative thinking.

Mission

The JAG Corps focuses on the following essential capabilities:

Military Operations

We provide legal expertise necessary to conduct military operations worldwide. This includes: law of the sea, law of armed conflict, environmental law, information operations law, national security law, civil affairs, and more.

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Military Justice

The American people expect the highest standards of personal and professional conduct from their armed forces. We maintain a fair and just system by enforcing the conduct and accountability of military personnel.

Sailor Legal Readiness

The men and women of the United States Navy are its most important asset. The JAG Corps supports military personnel and their families by providing legal assistance services.

Navy Legal Readiness

The Navy operates in an increasingly complex legal and regulatory environment. The JAG Corps' mission is to ensure naval operations are conducted in compliance with the rule of law.

Practice Areas

The U.S. Navy is unique among the services in its ability to project power in all domains: on land, at sea, and in the air. As a Navy judge advocate, you will experience the most diverse legal practice available to an attorney. Some of the specific areas of our practice include:

practice
  • Military Justice (prosecution, defense, judiciary, and appellate)
  • Legal Assistance (personal legal services and advice to military members and their families)
  • International and Operational Law (law of the sea and armed conflict, international agreements, and foreign criminal jurisdiction)
  • Administrative Law (government ethics, regulations, and legislation)
  • Environmental Law (laws protecting human health, the environment, and historic and cultural resources)
  • Civil Litigation (cases incident to the operation of the Navy in conjunction with the Department of Justice)
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law (admiralty tort and salvage claims, and international and domestic maritime issues)
  • Information Operations and Intelligence Law (national security and cyberspace matters)