One of the more technical jobs in the administration area of the Navy is the Legalman Rating. The Navy Legalman is the eyes and ears of the JAG corps, or Judge Advocate General Corps. The JAG corps is the legal branch of the United States Navy and they provide both the prosecution and the defense in cases dealing with violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. In the UCMJ most if not all of the crimes that are found in the civilian world are categorized, and the JAG corps is made up of lawyers serving the Navy. The Navy legalman is similar to a law clerk, but they do many things that law clerks do not do. They perform much of the paperwork and legal research that military JAG lawyers rely on for their briefs, and cases.
Serving in the US Navy as a legalman involves dealing with different levels of the Navy. You will work with officers and enlisted personnel, and you will be tasked to assist in many areas of the law that are relatively straightforward. You will work to prepare briefs, assist in legal filings, and provide legwork to assist judges and JAG lawyers in their caseloads. Work as a Navy legalman can be very rewarding, depending on the command that you work at, you will work to provide services in the areas of wills, contracts, and other issues that are later vetted and approved by Navy lawyers.
The Rating of Navy Legalman is one that helps in all areas of military law, including contract issues, issues of Navy personnel, judicial work, and other various legal matters. If you assist a JAG lawyer, you can be asked to do research as a defense team member to help clear the name of a Navy Servicemember accused of a crime. If asked to assist in the prosecution you would be asked to help investigate, possibly working with the Navy Criminal Investigative Service, or other Navy military police officers and legal personnel.
Working in the position requires you to be able to type at least 30 words per minute. You must possess normal hearing and eyesight, and have the ability to communicate in verbal and written form. You will be asked at certain times to attend court proceedings, to read aloud documents in court, and perhaps even to testify in official Navy Court Proceedings.