Jag Corps Attorney

Adjutant General's Corps
MOS Details
Major Duties: 

As an Officer in the JAGC and a practicing attorney, your responsibilities will cover everything affecting military operations, focusing on the following areas: criminal law, legal assistance, civil and administrative law, labor and employment law, international and operational law, and contract and fiscal law.

As a first-term Judge Advocate, your typical responsibilities will be:

  • Prosecute criminal cases under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
  • Provide legal assistance (wills, powers of attorney, etc.) to Soldiers, Officers, and their families.
  • Provide legal reviews of proposed Army actions at the unit/installation level.
  • Provide ethics opinions regarding the use of Government resources.
  • Represent Soldiers at courts-martial.
  • Advise commanders of all levels on all legal issues as they arise.

As your career advances in the Judge Advocate General's Corp, you will have the opportunity to serve in many different ways. Typical careers include Chief of Justice, Chief of Client Services, Government or Defense Appellate Attorney, Special Assistant US Attorney, Litigation Attorney, Military Judge, Instructor (at the United States Military Academy or The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School), or Staff Judge Advocate.

Qualifications and Prerequisites
You must have earned a J.D. or LL.B. from an ABA-accredited law school
Other Qualifications: 
  • MUST be an officer
  • You must be admitted to the bar of either a federal court or the highest court of any state in the United States or the District of Columbia (note: 3L students may also apply)
  • You must be able to serve 20 years of active commissioned service before reaching the age of 62.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
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