The Law as a Career

by Melissa Weber

Roles for Lawyers

The Structures of a Law Firm

  • Managing Partner: run everything from HR to facilities management.
  • Partner: Typically they are the people that own the law firm; have most experience.
  • Associate: People who work at the firm. Have less experience than a partner.

  • Legal Assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Investigator

About Military Lawyers (JAG)

The military has it's own law system; also known as the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The lawyers for the military are known as JAG Lawyers.

  • Court-martials
  • Treatment and Apprehension of prisoners
  • Trial process
  • Laws that affect military personal
  • They help the service members with civil relief

Things JAG Lawyers Handle

JAG Lawyers do not represent anybody other than Military Personal; including active duty, reserve and guard, and retired military personal.

  • Rules govern Military jurisdiction
  • Legal investigations
  • Discharges
  • Release and revision of military records
  • Post trial review procedures
  • Appeals
  • They handle some federal cases if they are needed

Punishments that JAG Lawyers can Administer

  • UCMJ can bring punishment ranging from loss of privileges to confinement and discharge.
  • If the JAG lawyer determines that you deserve a Dishonorable Discharge that is what you will get.