Legalmen achieve knowledge, practical skills and expertise regarding military and civilian legal systems, and substantive and procedural law that 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 Legalmen 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.
Upon successful completion of the accession courses at the Naval Justice School Newport (NJS), a Legalmen receives 10 semester credit hours of American Bar Association-approved credits toward a degree in paralegal studies. The courses include: Ethics; Introduction to Law; Emerging Technology in the Law Office; and Legal Research and Writing.
Legalmen are able to continue at RWU toward earning credits for an associate’s degree and/or bachelor’s degree. RWU delivers 5 courses at the NJS, in which a Legalmen can earn up to 15 additional college credits. The courses include: Criminal Law for the Paralegal, Law of Contracts, Litigation I, Law of Business Organizations, and Domestic Relations.
Legalmen also have the option of pursuing a degree at distance via online learning.