On the forefront of military law Attorney

They distinguish their careers in law by changing the world. The Officers of the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps work in a wide range of law, from assisting Sailors with wills and powers of attorney to negotiating international agreements.

Job Description

The Reserve component of the JAG Corps is open only to those who have previously served or are currently serving as a Navy JAG Corps Officer.

As a Reservist member of the JAG Corps, you will continue to encounter opportunities and experiences far beyond those of an ordinary law firm. You will be able to build on your experience in: military justice, legal assistance, international law, operational law, administrative law, environmental law, civil litigation, humanitarian assistance and refugee law, admiralty and maritime law, and as a legislative liaison.

Whatever the specifics, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists. And know this: The impact of your work and your service will go far beyond the time that you put in.

Part-Time Service, Full-Time Life

Family obligations. Career aspirations. The desire to settle down and settle in. These are the things that lead many to transition away from the life of a Navy Officer. In the Navy Reserve, you can fit it all in as you balance your priorities. You can:

  • Pursue a career path that is outside the military
  • Live wherever you want to live
  • Enjoy the same freedoms that civilian life affords
  • Retain most of the benefits you enjoyed serving Active Duty
  • Continue to earn points toward retirement

At the same time, you can keep the access to your military life open. Serving your country while continuing to serve your own interests. Taking advantage of a two-year deployment deferment. And with flexible drilling options, you could serve on weekdays or in an extended mission capacity to meet annual commitment requirements.


Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Your prior experience as a JAG Corps Officer satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

Career Advantages

The skills you develop serving part-time as a JAG lawyer will allow you to enhance your career as a civilian lawyer in private practice or for law firms, government, corporations and not-for-profit groups.

Your specialized training in the Navy Reserve could prepare you for credentialing, certification and/or licensure opportunities from a number of national boards and organizations. Allowing you to become even more competitive in your challenging field.

And the more tangible benefits? Competitive pay. Points earned toward retirement benefits. Outstanding insurance options. And much more. Read about the benefits of serving in the Navy Reserve.


Currently, only Active Duty JAG Corps Officers or those with prior service experience in that role are eligible to join the Reserve component of the Navy JAG Corps.

In addition, applicants must be age 21-40 and able to complete a total of 20 years of service by age 60.

More Information

Want to explore further? Learn what you need to know about joining the Navy Reserve. Find us on Facebook to interact with actual Navy Reservists. Or, if you need more information:
Active Duty applicants – Contact the Career Transition Office
Prior service applicantsContact a Navy Reserve Recruiter

Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America’s Navy. Besides part-time opportunities in the Navy Reserve, full-time Active Duty positions are also available in this career area.