Careers Career Paths U.S. Navy Legalman (LN) Job Overview Share PINTEREST Email Print Bill Oxford / Getty Images Career Paths US Military Careers Technology Careers Sports Careers Sales Project Management Professional Writer Music Careers Media Legal Careers Government Careers Finance Careers Fiction Writing Careers Entertainment Careers Criminology Careers Book Publishing Aviation Animal Careers Advertising Learn More By Rod Powers Rod Powers Air Force NCO Academy Rod Powers was a retired Air Force First Sergeant with 22 years of active duty service. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 11/29/19 Legalmen are the Navy's version of paralegals. Through training and experience, they possess knowledge and expertise regarding military and civilian legal systems and substantive and procedural law which qualify them to do work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney. Legalmen receive extensive military justice training in administrative and civil law, substantive and procedural law, court-martial procedures, and nonjudicial punishment. Under the supervision of a Navy Judge Advocate, Legalmen work in a variety of billets to include Naval Legal Service Offices; Region Legal Service Offices; Staff Judge Advocate Offices; and afloat commands. Additionally, the most experienced Legalmen may be assigned to an Independent Duty Legalman role both at commands ashore and at sea. Knowledge, skills, and abilities of a Legalmen include: providing legal assistance in areas of the law such as wills and estates, consumer advocacy, landlord/tenant, immigration and naturalization, tax, and family law, all of which include drafting and reviewing technical legal documents for attorney signature. Certain military justice duties include preparation of records and hearings, investigations, courts-martial and courts of inquiry, processing appeals, and the coordination of nonjudicial punishment. Legalmen also act as trial paralegals for both the trial and defense counsel. Responsibilities of a United States Navy Legalman include: Provide legal assistance in such matters as voter registration, indebtedness, Social Security, veterans' benefits, civilian counsel, power of attorney, wills, motor vehicle licensing, taxes, immigration, and customsPrepare records of hearings, investigations, courts-martial, and courts of inquiryPrepare reports of mast proceedingsProcess appealsHelp personnel prepare legal forms, letters, and requestsAssist personnel in filing claims, and conducting their investigations Working Environment People in this rating usually work in an office environment. They work closely with others and do mostly mental work. A-School (Job School) Information Newport, Rhode Island - Nine weeks ASVAB Score Requirement: VE + MK = 105 Security Clearance Requirement: Secret Other Requirements It is not an entry-level position. Recruits are not eligible to enlist with a guarantee for this rating. Petty Officers (in the pay grade of E-4 or E-5) may apply to re-train into this rating from other ratings. Must have normal hearingMust have no speech impedimentMust be a U.S. Citizen High school diploma graduate or equivalent. Must type 40 words per minute when enlisted. Must have no record of conviction by civil court for any offense other than minor traffic. Not eligible if substance abuse waiver required. Must possess valid driver's license or be eligible to obtain one. Current Manning Levels for This Rating: CREO Listing Advancement opportunities and career progression are directly linked to a rating's manning level (i.e., personnel in understaffed ratings have greater promotion opportunity than those in overmanned ratings). Sea and Shore Rotation for This Rating Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement. First Sea Tour: 48 monthsFirst Shore Tour: 48 monthsSecond Sea Tour: 36 monthsSecond Shore Tour: 48 monthsThird Sea Tour: 36 monthsThird Shore Tour: 48 monthsFourth Sea Tour: 36 monthsForth Shore Tour: 48 months Information courtesy of the Navy Personnel Command.