Navy LN Rating: Legalman (2024)

Last Updated on November 16, 2023

This guide offers information for those interested in enlisting as a Legalman (LN) in the Navy during the Fiscal Year 2024.

The legal profession is highly competitive and gaining entry can be difficult.

The Navy provides hands-on experience that can increase professional knowledge and lead to further opportunity abroad.

As a paralegal in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, you can gain specialized skills and contribute to the country.

Job Description

Legalmen (LN) are Navy enlisted Sailors who are tasked with providing legal services related to military justice matters, administrative discharges, claims, admiralty law, and legal assistance under the direction of Judge Advocates.

They document and record the processes of courts martial, courts of inquiry, investigations, and military commissions.

Legalman personnel prepare and submitting records and reports, composing legal correspondence, writing charges and documents needed for nonjudicial punishment and courts martial proceedings.

Paralegals carry out interviews, do legal research, support trial and defense personnel, and give advice on matters of legal administration.

This profession offers the opportunity to travel around the world, potentially working in a variety of environments, including offices, ships, air squadrons and other foreign and domestic locations.

Over the course of a twenty-year period in the Navy, Logisticians are usually assigned to either fleet units or shore stations for 25% and 75% of their time, respectively.

The LN rating employs approximately 500 individuals and provides an optimistic outlook to qualified and self-driven individuals seeking entry into the field.


Specific Responsibilities

As a Legalman, you will gain hands-on legal experience that can affect your nation and global society. Additionally, you may:

  • Assist JAG Officers with legal tasks and policy administration related to military law.
  • We provide legal support to Active Duty service members, retired military personnel, and their families.
  • Drafting legal documents, letters and requests.
  • Conduct legal research and interviews
  • Provide paralegal services for trial proceedings
  • Manage a Navy legal office
  • Keep official publications and legal records
  • Create official records for hearings, investigations, courts-martial and courts of inquiry.
  • Process appeals
  • Execute administrative and clerical tasks.

Different Roles

Journeyman Paralegal

Journeyman Paralegals prepare, processing and transmitting legal documents, as well as court reporting, administrative investigations, and delivering legal documents to clients and stakeholders.

Journeyman Paralegals handle a range of duties, including making and fielding telephone calls, scheduling appointments, creating copies of documents, organizing law libraries and correspondence, aiding attorneys in gathering information for cases and attending legal meetings.

Legal clerks handle tasks such as note-taking, drafting and typing of office memos, reviewing legal publications, performing notarial acts, drafting Powers of Attorney (POAs), trust instruments, wills and estate planning documents, and conducting database searches to locate relevant laws and court decisions.


Paralegals prepare legal documents and papers, such as appeals, motions, pleadings, pretrial agreements, legal briefs, routine legal assistance documents, and legal documents under the guidance of attorneys and senior paralegals.

Paralegals assist legal teams with responsibility for defending, representing and advising clients, as well as preparing vouchers for witness fees, conducting complex research tasks and assembling data for reports.

They offer guidance to Commanders and Commanding Officers on military justice and administrative matters, respond to complaints, conduct witness and client interviews, and act as notaries. They also can prepare Powers of Attorney (POAs), trust instruments, wills, and estate planning documents.

Paralegals also serve a managerial role, offering guidance and instruction to junior personnel.

Senior Paralegal

Senior Paralegals investigate the facts of cases, identify relevant laws and materials, and consider all relevant information, performing these duties either under the supervision of an attorney or independently.

Senior Paralegals carry out several duties, such as analyzing and organizing information, drafting pleadings and motions for court filing, getting affidavits, and supporting attorneys during trials. They also write reports which attorneys can rely on when deciding how to proceed with legal cases.

Senior Paralegals organize and tracking vital case documents, creating trust instruments and wills, providing legal advice to commanders in an international setting, and assisting with operational law activities.

Senior Paralegals also manage personnel and budgets, providing training and supervision to junior staff.

Training and Promotion Opportunities

Enlisted Sailors interested in becoming Legalmen must finish Recruit Training (commonly referred to as Boot Camp), followed by 13 weeks of “A” School at the Naval Justice School in Newport, RI. The training covers military justice, court-martial procedures, legal assistance and related laws.

The Paralegal Education Program (LPEP) at Roger Williams University allows members to continue towards an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies with an 8-week course. No Tuition Assistance is required.

Upon completion of the “A” school, Legalman may be assigned to ships or shore stations either within the United States or abroad.

After initial training, they are typically posted to Region Legal Service Offices (RLSO), Defense Service Offices, on aircraft carriers and large amphibious ships, and in other duty locations on shore or at sea.

Those with a four-year degree who are practicing lawyers or law students may be eligible to become JAG Corps Officers. Promotion opportunities are available, but are competitive and based on performance.

Qualifications to Join

To become an Enlisted Sailor in the legal support field, a high school diploma or equivalent is required and U.S. citizenship is necessary.

To become a Legalman, one should have good written and oral communication skills, strong hearing, attention to detail, and typing capabilities.

The Navy provides teaching and group learning on Navy legal, administrative and clerical processes.

Normal hearing and no speech impediment are required to qualify.

To get this rating, security clearance and U.S. citizenship are necessary.

Legalman applicants who are prior-service or active duty must be within 12 months of their Projected Rotation Date (PRD), have completed a minimum of 24 months in the current rating, and only have less than 10 years of active naval service.

Qualifications for military service can differ depending on previous service status.

ASVAB Requirement

In order to join the Navy as a Navy Legalman, applicants must score the minimum required ASVAB score.

  • VE + MK = 105; or
  • VE + MK + CS = 157; and
  • Minimum VE= 52 (PAY 97); or
  • Minimum VE = 54 (PAY 80)

The enlistment qualification requirements for Fiscal Year 2024 are available from the Navy Personnel Command. To find out the most current requirements for joining the Navy as an enlisted Sailor, please consult with a local Navy Enlisted Recruiter.

More Information

To get more information about becoming a Navy Legalman (LN), your local Navy Enlisted Recruiter is the best source. They can provide details not normally found online.

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