Those seeking legal assistance must contact a legal assistance office that is nearest to where you are currently geographically located. A Region Legal Service Office locator can be found here.

Legal Assistance & Disability Evaluation System Counsel Program (Code 16)


The JAG Corps strategic plan defines legal assistance as one of three core areas critical to the readiness of naval forces. In addition to fostering readiness, legal assistance positively impacts the morale and welfare of service members and their families with legal solutions that improve their quality of life.


Code 16 Legal Assistance Division attorneys work at the policy level to improve and standardize the delivery of legal assistance to service members across the fleet. Some practice areas include:

  • Assist the Judge Advocate General to formulate, promulgate and review legal assistance policy and initiatives.

  • Support Region Legal Assistance Office field attorneys and staff who work directly with members to provide legal services.

  • Review proposed Federal legislation affecting legal assistance for Sailors.

  • Serve as the Judge Advocate General’s legal assistance representative to other Services, government agencies, legal organizations and the private bar.

  • Assist the Naval Justice School with the development of legal assistance training for judge advocates and legalmen; Serve as adjunct faculty for several legal assistance-related courses.

  • Coordinate preventive law activities to educate the naval community about personal legal rights and responsibilities.

  • Represent the Navy on the Armed Forces Tax Council, serve as the JAG representative to the Department of Defense (DoD) Tax Policy and Advisory Group, and manage the Navy's tax assistance (VITA) program.

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Mailing Address:
Legal Assistance (Code 16)
1250 10th Street SE
Suite 1400
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374
Phone Numbers
(202) 685-4641
(202) 685-4637
(202) 685-5588
0800 – 1630
Monday – Friday