Legalmen achieve knowledge, practical skills and expertise regarding military and civilian legal systems, and substantive and procedural law which qualify them to perform 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.
Upon successful completion of the accession courses at the Naval Justice School Newport (NJS), a Legalman 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.
Legalman are able to continue on, earning credits toward an associate’s degree and/or bachelor’s degree. RWU delivers 5 courses at the NJS, in which a Legalman can earn up to an 15 additional college credits. The courses include: Criminal Law for the Paralegal, Law of Contracts, Litigation I, Law of Business Organizations, and Domestic Relations.
Legalman also have the option of pursuing a degree at distance via online learning as long as they meet the 10 semester-hour residency requirement.