The Army Reserve is designed for those who want to get the most out of the Army while pursuing their civilian careers and goals. Many professionals as well as college students are Soldiers in the Army Reserve. Here, you can take advantage of a long list of job and leadership training opportunities that give you the skills and strength to succeed wherever you go.
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.
As a Paralegal Specialist, you’ll learn the following skills:
- Legal terminology and research techniques
- How to prepare legal documents
- Summarize transcription of legal actions
- Army judicial process
- Interviewing witnesses
Some of your duties as a paralegal Specialist may include:
- Provide preliminary paralegal and administrative support to unit commanders and staff and coordinates paralegal actions with the supervising Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
- Prepare and process legal documents in support of courts-martial, non-judicial punishment, and other military justice matters
- Prepare line of duty determinations, separation board proceedings, and other administrative law matters
- Provide Paralegal assistance services in the family law arena including powers of attorney, wills, and separation decrees
- Prepare claims processing and investigations
- Supervise the operation of a section in a command or installation paralegal office
- Provide technical guidance to subordinates
- Maintain law/administrative library and section files and records
- Monitor and review actions to ensure accuracy and timely dispatch or disposition
The training and skills you receive in the Army can prepare you for a civilian career with private law firms, banks, insurance companies, government agencies and local, state and federal courts. You are also able to earn certifications and licensures for civilian jobs.
In the Army Reserve, you'll have the time and freedom to put your educational benefits to good use. If you want to go to college, the Army Reserve will help pay for it. If you've already attended college, the Army Reserve will help pay off your loans.
In the Army Reserve you could be eligible for:
- Enlistment bonuses totaling up to $20,000
- Up to $24,012 for college
- Up to $20,000 to repay qualifying student loans
- Up to $4,500 a year tuition assistance while serving