Paralegal Specialist (27D)

U.S. Army - United States4.4

Full-timeEstimated: $68,000 - $93,000 a year
SkillsBenefits
The paralegal specialist is not like being a legal assistant, they are expected to provide legal/administrative support in all areas of criminal law, international law, civil/administrative law, contract law and fiscal law. They assist judges, Judge Advocates and unit commanders with a wide range of legal matters and judicial work.

Job Duties
Paralegal support to unit commanders and the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
Provide legal documents in courts-martial, Article 15 actions and other military justice matters
Review line of duty determinations, AR 15-6 investigations, separation board proceedings and other administrative law matters
Assistance in family law such as power of attorney, wills and separation decrees
Requirements
Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you. If your ASVAB scores qualify, you will then undergo training and learn how to become a paralegal specialist.

Training
Training for a paralegal specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training, and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
Legal terminology and research techniques
Preparation of legal documents
Army judicial process
Interviewing witnesses
Helpful Skills
Ability to supervise those in a command
Provide technical guidance to subordinates
Maintain law/administrative library
Monitor and review actions for accuracy
Required ASVAB Score(s)
Clerical (CL): 105
Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

Compensation
Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay and 30 days of paid vacation. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs
You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits
In the U.S. Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career as a legal assistant, paralegal or court clerk.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program
Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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