CORNERSTONE: Cornerstone teaches Marines the basic powers, responsibilities, programs, and practices of a battalion/squadron-level sergeant major that contribute to a successful command. The course emphasizes critical thinking, decision-making, and sound judgment. The Marine Corps Judge Advocate program accepts candidates at all stages of legal education. Applicants must hold a competitive LSAT, a competitive bachelor`s degree, and a cumulative law average, and must be admitted to or enrolled in a full-time Doctor of Laws program at an ABA accredited law school. Upon completion of law school and certification to practice law, judge advocates will enter active duty to attend Elementary School (TBS) in Quantico, Virginia. From there, Navy judge advocates receive military-specific legal training at the Naval Justice School (NJS) in Newport, RI. According to NJS, Navy judge advocates are assigned to their first permanent position and immediately begin advising Marines and Navy commanders on legal matters and begin to gain real judicial experience. TJAGLS: JPI enrolls Marines in TJAGLCS courses. Please complete a quota submission form and email it to This option is open to first- and second-year law students, as well as final-year students who have been admitted to full-time studies at an ABA-accredited law school.

OFFICER CADET COURSE – LAW United States Army Sergeant Major Academy (USASMA): USASMA`s mission is to develop agile and adaptable NCOs and soldiers through professional military training opportunities that meet the challenges of unified land operations in the current conflict. All packages must be submitted via your respective MARFOR G3. Please contact for more information. Marine Corps Judge Advocate (JA) work under the supervision of the SJA up to the MCC to advise Navy commanders on legal matters, including the laws of war and the handling of criminal cases under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Marine Corps lawyers are line officers, unlike their counterparts in the U.S. Navy and Army, meaning they can hold any officer position in the Fleet Marine Force. As a prosecutor, defense attorney or victim`s lawyer, you will try crimes and misdemeanors before military judges and jurors. In addition, as a prosecutor, you coordinate with NCIS to conduct criminal investigations into serious and complex crimes. Throughout your USMC career, you may also hear appeals before the Navy and Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals or the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Marines who serve as judge advocates are responsible for upholding the laws, codes and values of the Marine Corps.

These specially trained lawyers can work in roles representing both individual Marines and the Corps to fight and win battles at all levels of courts across the country. The U.S. Marine Corps Judge Advocate Division serves both to advise the Marine Corps Commander (CMC) and other officials at Marine Corps Headquarters on legal matters, as well as to oversee the Marine Corps legal community. The Chief of the Judge Advocate Division (JAD) is the Commanding Officer`s Staff Advocate (SJA at CMC). As representatives of the corporate class, lawyers for judges typically serve as litigators, lawyers for legal counsel, lawyers for victims, assistant examiners, or command counsel. There are litigation options as litigator, defence counsel and victims` rights lawyer before courts martial; as Special Assistant to United States Prosecutors in the United States Federal Court; and as secretary, counsel for the defendant or legal counsel for victims on administrative release committees. Judge advocates conduct or supervise investigations of claims for and against the United States and other matters required by law. Judge advocates provide command legal advice on issues such as military justice, administrative law, civil law, standards of conduct, ethics, operational law and international law. The SJA, through CMC, also exercises functional oversight over two independent legal organizations within the Marine Corps: As majors, judge advocates may act as staff judge advocates or deputy judge advocate and provide legal advice. Senior Judge Advocates may also serve as Senior Trial Counsel, Senior Defence Counsel or Regional Victim Counsel in a Legal Services Support Section (LSSS) or Legal Services Support Team (OHSA).

NAVY SENIOR ENLISTED ACADEMY (NAVSEA): The Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (NAVSEA) will train senior leaders in communication, leadership and management, national security affairs, Navy programs and fitness. All packages must be submitted via your respective MARFOR G3. Please contact for more information. Judge advocates provide legal advice and support to commanders, Marines, sailors and their families to promote troop readiness and contribute to the Marine Corps` mission. Finally, as you gain experience, you can move on to other areas of law, such as civil law, administrative law, and legal assistance, or serve as an in-house advisor to Marine Corps Headquarters personnel. They conduct research and draft memos and internal statements, and advise commanders on all legal matters affecting the command – from tax law to government ethics and risk management. They will also work closely with Marines and their families on family, consumer, tax, probate and immigration law issues. Unlike their Navy counterparts, who are staff officers, Marine JAs are hierarchical officers and often serve in non-legal functions, including commanding battalions throughout the Marine Corps.

MOS 4402 is assigned as principal MOS to an officer who: A naval officer with a law degree attends the Naval Justice School, where he or she is instructed in the fundamental principles of military justice, civil and administrative law and mutual legal assistance with the practical application of these principles to help ensure good order and discipline, and a high level of legal practice and administration. After completing his studies, the Marine was appointed Judge Advocate (MOS 4402) and began his service in the Fleet Marine Force as an attorney. All counsel for field judges may act as military judges after being reviewed by a judicial review board. Professional military and legal training are available to all judges` lawyers. NJS SharePoint: JPI does not register navies for courses scheduled through NJS SharePoint. To access NJS SharePoint, you must first register to access the SECNAV portal. Click this link for instructions. Once you have access, you can enroll in courses as SharePoint NJS. Click this link for instructions. Please note that Marines do not have guaranteed seats for these courses. Therefore, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible. A Marine Expeditionary Force (FEM) is deployed to respond to major global conflicts.

When this happens, large-scale military operations require legal advice in areas such as rules of engagement, law of armed conflict, detention operations, investigations, tax law, government contracts, and status-of-forces agreements, to name a few. UNITED STATES AIR FORCE SENIOR NON-POSTOFFICER ACADEMY (AFSNCOA): The mission of the Air Force Senior Nonpostofficer Academy is to expand students` institutional skills by focusing on the following areas: Communications, Joint War Fighter; Chief of Operations and Military Expert. The Academy conducts an innovative program for senior non-commissioned officers from across the U.S. Department of Defense and select senior members from allied nations. All packages must be submitted via your respective MARFOR G3. Please contact for more information. The Judge Advocate Division is similar to a large law firm with over 400 judge advocates and comparable support staff. Marine Corps judge advocates will likely serve as federal prosecutors or defense attorneys before courts martial during their first tour, with the possibility of expanding their practice into specialized areas such as the law of military operations, international law, cyber law, or criminal justice.

As full-line officers, Marine judge advocates also have the opportunity to serve in a variety of positions, ranging from commanding battalions of Marines to appeals cases before the Navy and Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals or the U.S. Armed Forces Court of Appeals. SENIOR OFFICER PROFESSIONAL MILITARY TRAINING COURSE (SEPME): This course is designed to equip Marines in the ranks of Master Sergeant to Sergeant Major with the critical thinking and adaptive skills necessary to operate at the operational and strategic level of warfare. FIRST SERGEANT COURSE (1STSGTCRS): This course is designed to provide newly selected or promoted first sergeants (and master sergeants serving as enlisted senior advisors) with the skills, knowledge and tools necessary to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Commanding Officer`s Senior Advisor.