Job Family: Legal Professions and Support Services Legal Specialists and Court Reporters
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Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Marine Corps  | Coast Guard  | National Guard

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Photo 1: Legal specialist reviews court documents. Photo 2:
Legal specialist reads about court system.

Jason Stovall
Occupation: Paralegal

I attended the University of Texas, in Austin, pursuing a degree in aeronautical engineering. I had to work part time, which was very d…

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Short Description
The military has its own judicial system for prosecuting lawbreakers and handling disputes. Legal specialists and court reporters assist military lawyers and judges in the performance of legal and judicial work. They perform legal research, prepare legal documents, and record legal proceedings.

What They Do
Legal specialists and court reporters in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Research court decisions and military regulations
  • Process legal claims and appeals
  • Interview clients and take statements
  • Prepare trial requests and make arrangements for courtrooms
  • Maintain law libraries and trial case files
  • Use a variety of methods and equipment to record and transcribe court proceedings
  • Prepare records of hearings, investigations, court-martials, and courts of inquiry

Helpful Attributes
Helpful school subjects include business mathematics, typing, speech, and shorthand. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to keep organized and accurate records
  • Ability to listen carefully
  • Interest in the law and legal proceedings

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction. Course content typically includes:
  • Legal terminology and research techniques
  • How to prepare legal documents
  • High speed transcription
  • Military judicial processes

Work Environment
Legal specialists and court reporters work in military law offices and courtrooms.

Civilian Counterparts
Civilian legal specialists and court reporters work for private law firms, banks, insurance companies, government agencies, and local, state, and federal courts. They perform duties similar to military legal specialists and court reporters. Civilian legal specialists and court reporters may also be called legal assistants, law clerks, paralegals, and court reporters.

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