We are commissioned naval officers based throughout the world, ashore, and at sea who practice law, support the Navy and serve the Nation. As commissioned naval officers, we are the uniformed lawyers of the U.S. Navy. Our practice encompasses a broad array of law. Our mission is critical to the success of military operations. We provide solutions to legal issues with a focus on three essential capabilities:
Command Advice and Support
The Navy operates in an increasingly complex legal and regulatory environment. We provide the legal expertise necessary to conduct military operations worldwide. We also support the Navy as a whole by providing legal advice for programs such as recruiting, training, and organization.
The American people expect the highest standards of personal and professional conduct from their armed forces. We maintain a fair and just system by enforcing the conduct and accountability of military personnel.
Support to Sailors and their Families
The men and women of the U.S. Navy are its most important asset. We support military personnel and their families by providing legal assistance services. Additionally, we provide legal assistance for Wounded Warriors and assist active duty personnel through all stages of the disability evaluation system.
The U.S. Navy is unique among the services in its ability to project power in all domains: on land, at sea, and in the air. As a Navy judge advocate, you will experience the most diverse legal practice available to an attorney. Some of the specific areas of our practice include:
- Military Justice (prosecution, defense, judiciary, and appellate)
- Legal Assistance (personal legal services and advice to military members and their families)
- National Security Law (law of the sea and armed conflict, international agreements, foreign criminal jurisdiction, cyber, space, intelligence and information operations law)
- Administrative Law (government ethics, regulations, and legislation)
- Environmental Law (laws protecting human health, the environment, and historic and cultural resources)
- Civil Litigation (cases incident to the operation of the Navy in conjunction with the Department of Justice)
- Admiralty and Maritime Law (admiralty tort and salvage claims, and international and domestic maritime issues)
As we operate in increasingly complex legal and regulatory environments, the Navy is always in need of new legal talent to join its ranks and bring expertise and innovative thinking.