If you've joined the U.S. Army and have an interest in law and the legal system, one Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) to consider is a paralegal specialist. This MOS is an integral part of the U.S. Army's legal system. These soldiers assist judges, Army lawyers, and unit commanders with legal matters and judicial work. The paralegal specialist provides legal and administrative support in such diverse areas as criminal law, family law, international law, contract law, and fiscal law. Paralegals are also involved in defense and judicial legal services as well as operational and foreign law.

Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support

Military Duties:

These soldiers provide legal and administrative support to unit commanders and staff. They're responsible for preparing and processing a variety of legal documents in support of courts-martial, non-judicial punishment, Article 15 actions, and other military justice and administrative law matters. They'll provide support to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, and provide legal documents in courts-martial, and other military justice matters. MOS 27D also assists in family law, powers of attorney, wills, and separation decrees.

Military Duties Translated:

Collect, examine, and organize evidence and other legal documents for attorney review and case preparation Draft and proofread correspondence and legal documents, such as pleadings and contracts Research regulations, laws, and legal articles to assist with the preparation of reports, case files, and legal advice Manage client billing by preparing, finalizing, and sending out bills, as well as resolving billing issues in cooperation with the billing attorney Communicate with clients and witnesses to schedule meetings, interviews, and depositions Manage, organize, and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing systems Provide general administrative assistance, such as maintaining the attorney's calendar and making travel arrangements

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Legal Assistant