Career Pathways: Military Law

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Military Law covers the laws that govern individuals who serve in the U.S. armed forces.  A military lawyer may work in a variety of legal areas, providing legal advice to service members or the arms of the military, including the Air Force, Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Coast Guard.  A military lawyer may serve as an advocate for veterans, helping to secure benefits.  Military law is a distinct area of the law, which requires military lawyers to be familiar with federal and state military laws, regulations, and administrative decisions.  

For additional information on Military Law, see the Judge Advocates AssociationMilitary Affairs (Florida Bar), or Military Lawyers (ABA)

 

 

Job Types Typical Duties
Federal Agencies
  • Prosecute and/or defend criminal cases under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
  • Provide legal advice to soldiers, officers, and their families.
  • Offer legal reviews, ethics opinions, and advice
  • Represent soldiers at court-martial proceedings and before administrative separation boards.

 

State Agencies
  • Offer legal reviews, ethics opinions, and advice.

Private Law Firms
  • Provide legal advice to soldiers, officers, and their families.

  • Offer legal reviews, ethics opinions, and advice.

  • Represent soldiers at court-martial proceedings and before administrative separation boards.

Student Organizations

Other Activities

 

  • Obtain an internship with military organizations such as the army, navy or air force.
  • Periodically check the Symplicity Job Board for opportunities in this area of law.

Curriculum Considerations

For courses and faculty to talk to about a future career in military law, please take a look at the Law Curriculum Mapping Guide.