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The Judge Advocate Division is much like a large law firm, composed of more than 400 judge advocates and a comparable support staff. Marine Corps Judge Advocates will likely serve as federal prosecutors or defense attorneys in felony-level courts-martial during their first tour and have the opportunity to expand their practice into specialized areas such as military operational law, international law, cyber law, or criminal justice.
As unrestricted line officers, Marine Judge Advocates also have opportunities to serve in a wide variety of positions, from commanding battalions of Marines to arguing appellate cases before the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals or the United States Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces.
- TRIAL ATTORNEY: As a prosecutor, defense attorney, or victim’s legal counsel you will litigate felony and misdemeanor criminal cases before military judges and juries. Additionally, as a prosecutor, you will coordinate with NCIS to direct criminal investigations into serious and complex crimes. In the course of your USMC career, you may also argue appellate cases before the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals or the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
- CIVIL LAW: As you gain experience, you may eventually transition to other areas of law, such as Civil Law, Administrative Law and Legal Assistance, or act as in-house counsel to Marine Corps headquarters staff. You will research and write internal memoranda and opinions and advise commanders on all legal issues affecting the command – from fiscal law to government ethics and risk management. You will also work closely with Marines and their families on Family, Consumer, Tax, Estate, and Immigration Law issues.
- OPERATIONAL LAW: Marine Judge Advocates maintain the same readiness and training standards as every Marine Officer and are worldwide deployable. Marine Judge Advocates have opportunities to deploy with scalable Marine Air-Ground Task Forces (MAGTF) around the world. Deployed Marine Judge Advocates support commands and their Marines through a broad spectrum of military and international law.
All Marine Judge Advocates are unrestricted Marine Corps Officers. There are several paths to pursue a commission and ultimately serve as a Judge Advocate whether you are an undergraduate, law school student or licensed attorney.
PLATOON LEADERS CLASS – LAW: This option is open to first- and second-year law students and to college seniors who have been accepted for full-time study at an ABA-accredited law school.
OFFICER CANDIDATE COURSE – LAW: Third-year law students and bar-certified lawyers begin their training at the Officer Candidate Course.
Company: Marine Corps
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: New York, NY, US
Application Deadline: N/A