Areas of Military LawCriminal Litigation.Operational Law.Legal Assistance, Tort Law, and Labor Law.International Law, Contract Law, and Civilian Litigation.Incentives to Become a Judge AdvocateContinuing Education.Loan Repayment and Other Benefits.Professional Success After the Marines.Becoming and Being a Marine Corps OfficerLeading Marines.Officer Candidate School (OCS).The Basic School (TBS).Naval Justice School (NJS).Summary and Questions.
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1. United States Marine Corps Judge Advocate
3. Life as a Judge Advocate Litigation
Most Judge Advocates will have the opportunity during their first tour of duty to litigate criminal cases as prosecutors or defense counsel in courts-martial.
Cases tried by Judge Advocates range from misdemeanors, such as petty larceny, to felonies, such as rape and murder. After gaining experience at the trial level, you may serve in a later tour as appellate counsel.
In cases affecting the Marine Corps, Judge Advocates investigate and prepare cases for trial in coordination with the Department of Justice or the local United States Attorney. This preparation includes the drafting of pleadings, motions, and briefs to be used by the trial or appellate attorney. Judge Advocates also have the opportunity to argue cases before the U.S. District Courts and Circuit Courts of Appeals.
4. Criminal practice in the military involves far more than simply filing charges in a case and then prosecuting or defending the case in court. Commanders can take a wide range of administrative and disciplinary measures short of a court-martial, and they depend on their Judge Advocates to advise them on the most appropriate course of action. For that reason, there are many opportunities for a prosecutor or defense counsel to be an advocate in and out of the courtroom.
Life as a Judge Advocate Litigation
5. Life as a Judge Advocate Operational Law
6. Life as a Judge Advocate Operational Law
7. Life as a Judge Advocate Operational Law In Action
11. Life as a Judge Advocate Debt & Education Incentives
14. Marine Officer First, Judge Advocate Second.
15. Officers Candidate School
16. The Basic School
19. Timeline Summary, PLC-Law
20. Timeline Summary, OCC-Law
21. Questions About USMC Law Programs?
22. Frequently Asked Questions
23. What will my grade (i.e. rank) be? Generally, the Marine Corps recognizes a judge advocate's professional legal education before commissioning by granting "constructive commissioned service" toward promotion. "Constructive commissioned service" is a year of credit, for promotion purposes, for each academic year of law school completed (up tp 3 years) while not in a commissioned status.
How much will I be paid? Pay is based on grade (rank) and longevity in the service. A current-year pay scale is available at your Officer Selection Office.
Do I have to remain in the judge advocate field? Unlike the "JAG Corps" of other services, Marine lawyers are unrestricted officers of the line. The Basic School provides the common denominator that binds all Marine Officers, be they aviators, infantry, supply or lawyers. Marine lawyers, therefore, can serve the Marine Corps in a variety of leadership positions in addition to providing legal services.
Why do I have to attend OCS and TBS? These two training evolutions are required to be satisfactorily completed by all Marine unrestricted officers. Again, this is the common denominator we share with our peers, and distinguishes Marine Lawyers from their counterparts in the other services. Frequently Asked Questions