As a bar certified lawyer, you can use your degree to become a Judge Advocate in the Marines. You will get all of the prestige of being a Marine and be able to get real world experience practicing law. Marine Judge Advocates are Marines first and receive training as such at The Basic Officer Course prior to attending Naval Justice School.
The three most common areas of practice for first-term Judge Advocates include the following:
-Criminal Litigation: After becoming Judge Advocates, Marine Officers begin managing their own cases as prosecutors or defense counsel. They are relied upon by commanders to provide advice on appropriate courses of action throughout the duration of criminal proceedings.
-Operational and International Law: Judge Advocates in this area of law have many responsibilities, including educating Marines and sailors on the requirements of international treaties and agreements that comprise the Law of Armed Conflict. In time of war, Judge Advocates deploy with operational units and provide essential legal services to commanders, deployed Marines, and other service members. They also advise commanders on matters such as the rules of engagement, Law of War and detention operations.
-Civil Law: Judge Advocates are also responsible for helping Marines with their civil legal needs. Judge Advocates assist Marines with legal matters involving estate planning, immigration and naturalization law, family law, landlord-tenant law, state and federal income tax and consumer protection. Judge Advocates also assist with the Marine Corps' multi-billion dollar procurement of technologies and supplies and help represent the interests of the United States across a broad range of tort issues.
-Must be a US citizen.
-Must be bar certified (in any state)
-Must have obtained a qualifying score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) of at least 150.
The Marine Corps has been America's expeditionary force in readiness since 1775. We are forward deployed to respond swiftly and aggressively in times of crisis. We are soldiers of the sea, providing forces and detachments to naval ships and shore operations. We are global leaders, developing expeditionary doctrine and innovations that set the example, and leading other countries' forces and agenci...es in multinational military operations. These unique capabilities make us "First to Fight," and our nation's first line of defense.
Every Marine is a rifleman, trained first as a disciplined warrior regardless of military occupational specialty. This training is key to our philosophy of maneuver warfare. Maneuver warfare combines operational positioning with firepower, demands agile forces capable of quick decision making, and employs the human elements of war—boldness, creativity, intelligence and the warrior spirit. Our combined arms approach multiplies the Marine Corps' strengths by bringing our land, air and sea forces together to achieve every mission. This organization creates a scalable force with incomparable warfighting capabilities. It is the key to winning battles.