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27D -- Paralegal Specialist


Pfc. Chris Jancek, a paralegal specialist with Special Troops Battalion, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, answers a phone call while manning the front desk at the legal assistance office in the Kaiserslautern Legal Service Center on Kleber Kaserne Dec. 14. The legal support office was awarded the Army Chief of Staff Award for Excellence in Legal Assistance for fiscal year 2008.
Spc. Amanda Rigdon, 21st TSC PAO

Basic Job Description

A Paralegal Specialist is an integral part of the Army's legal system. They 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.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Provides preliminary legal and admnistrative support to unit commanders and staff and coordinates legal actions with supervising legal office. Prepares and processes legal docu ments in support of courts-martial, non-judicial punishment, and other military justice matters; line of duty determinations, separation board proceedings, and other administrative law matters; legal as sistance services; claims processing and investigations.

Supervises the operation of a section in a command or installation legal office. Provides technical guidance to subordinates. Maintains law/administrative library and section files and records. Monitors and reviews actions to ensure accuracy and timely dispatch or disposition.

Training Information

Job training for a paralegal specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training, and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are: Legal terminology and research techniques, preparation of legal documents, Army judicial process and interviewing witnesses.

ASVAB Score Required: 105 in aptitude arca CL

Security Clearance: None

Strength Requirement: light

Physical Profile Requirement: 222121.

Other Requirements

  • A minimum typing speed of 30 net words-per-minute
  • No court-martial conviction or disciplinary action under UCMJ. (Article 15 waivable by HQDA (TAPC-EPM-A) with OT JAG approval).
  • No record of civil conviction other than minor traffic of fenses. (Minor non-traffic offense civil conviction waivable by HQDA (TAPC-EPM-A), with OTJAG approval.
  • No record of lost time under 10 U.S.C. 972, see appendix 3, MCM. (Waivable by HQDA (TAPC-EPM-A) with OTJAG approval).
  • No pattem of undesirable behavior as evidenced by civilian or military record.

Similar Civilian Occupations

  • Court Reporters
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Law Clerks
  • Legal Secretaries

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