Military Law Career Guide
By Paul Hellyer
Updated August 2013
Careers in Law, 3rd ed., by Gary A. Munneke, Lincolnwood, IL: VGM Career Horizons, 2004.
Includes a section on careers in military law.
KF297 .M86 2004 (OCS)
Drowning in the Desert, by Vivian H. Gembara, Minneapolis, MN: Zenith Press, 2008.
William & Mary Law School alum and JAG officer Vivian Gembara writes about her tour of duty in Iraq.
KF373 .G46 A3 2008 (Stacks)
Judge Advocates in Combat: Army Lawyers in Military Operations from Vietnam to Haiti, by Frederic L. Borch, Washington, D.C.: Office of the Judge Advocate General and Center for Military History, 2001.
Describes the work army lawyers have done during combat and peacekeeping and humanitarian missions from 1959 to 1996. Coverage includes the Vietnam War, the invasions of Grenada and Panama, the first Gulf War, and the 1990s humanitarian mission to Haiti.
KF7307 .B67 2001 (Stacks)
Peter Bacque, Virginia Lawyers Volunteer to Help Military Veterans, Richmond Times Dispatch, Dec. 28, 2011.
Describes pro bono efforts by Virginia lawyers to help military veterans with benefits claims and other legal issues.
Rick Brundrett, Weighing Their Options: More Young Lawyers Considering Legal Careers in the Military, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, July 13, 2009.
Discusses the increasing number of lawyers who are seeking careers in the JAG corps.
Scott A. DiRocco, Holding the Line: Understanding the Role of Independent Legal Counsel in Command Decision-Making, Army Lawyer, Dec. 2010, at 3.
A detailed look at the work that military lawyers do.
Robert B. Goss, Veteran Disability Claims: Lawyers' Call to Action, Houston Lawyer, Sept./Oct. 2008, at 16.
Explains the work that lawyers do when representing veterans in the VA benefits claims system.
Christopher Kratzer, Course Tests JAGs' Mettle, Montgomery Advertiser, June 3, 2011.
About a challenging training course for Air Force JAGs that includes time in the classroom and in the field.
Michelle Lore, Minnesota Army National Guard JAG Officers Back from Iraq Settle Back Into Practice, Minnesota Lawyer, March 15, 2010.
Focuses on the transition from military life back into civilian law practice.
Caitlin McNamara, International Law in a Surprising Place, Young Lawyer, Dec. 2012, at 15.
Explains how the JAG corps can offer lawyers experience in practicing international law.
Charles N. Pede, Military Justice, the Judge Advocate and the 21st Century, Army Lawyer, April 2011, at 32.
Discusses changing demands and expectations for the JAG corps and describes how JAGs can improve their skills through training.
Rebecca C. Patrick and Douglas J. Rosinski, Serving Those Who Served: Representing Veterans in the VA Benefits System, South Carolina Lawyer, July 2008, at 33.
Explains the process for adjudicating a veterans benefits claim and the lawyer's role.
Barbara Rabinovitz, Judge Advocate General Corps Is Nation's Oldest Law Firm, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Aug. 6, 2007.
Provides an in-depth look at the training and responsibilities that JAGs undertake.
Stephen A. Stokes, Advocates in Action: Administrative Duties for JAGs in Iraq, Advocate (Idaho), March-April 2011, at 45.
A JAG officer describes his work on transactional matters, as well as his colleagues' work in military justice.
Brian K. Walker, Serving Those Who Served: Representing Veterans at the VA, 73 Texas Bar Journal 832 (2010).
Explains the attorney's role in VA benefits claims.
Michael Odell Walker, Warrior Lawyers: Serving the Country as a Judge Advocate, Young Lawyer, May 2011, at 2.
This article provides a good introduction to careers in the JAG corps.
The Army Lawyer
Library has 1972-present.
Charlottesville, VA: Judge Advocate General's Legal Center & School
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On the Web at: http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/Army_Lawyer.html
Organizations & Websites
Air Force JAG Corps website: http://www.afjag.af.mil/
Army JAG Corps website: http://www.goarmy.com/jag.html
Navy JAG Corps website: http://www.jag.navy.mil/
These websites offer testimonials by JAGs, information on summer internship opportunities, application forms and more.
Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic
William & Mary Law School
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8795
The Clinic assists current and former service members with veterans disability benefits claims. Students receive course credit for their work with the Clinic. For an article describing the Clinic's work, see Colleges and Universities Join Forces to Help Veterans.
Military Lawyers Conference (ABA)
740 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-1022
The Military Lawyers Conference is part of the ABA's Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division. Its mission is to provide benefits and services to military lawyers.
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