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ABOUT US

The Legal Administrator and Paralegal Studies Department (ADL) at TJAGLCS is responsible for managing all Legal Administrator and Legal Administrative Officer Professional Military Education, Paralegal Short Courses, and Court Reporter Courses.  The department trains and educates paraprofessionals from all components: Active, Reserve, and National Guard.  The ADL department was established in Charlottesville, VA on 1 October 2013.

 

MISSION

To educate, train, develop, and inspire JAGC paraprofessionals across all components and services in the provision and support of premier legal services for a globally responsive and regionally engaged force.

 

VISION

To instill and reinforce Army Values and Warrior Ethos through adaptive, rigorous education that prepares paraprofessionals to innovate, train, support, mentor and educate the JAGC and the Army.

COURSES COURSES

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LEGAL ADMINISTRATOR COURSES

6 Weeks. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: May 2019.

Scope: This course educates newly appointed Judge Advocate Warrant Officers on the fundamentals of military law office management.  Instruction is built around the Judge Advocate Warrant Officer core competencies and includes Knowledge Management, Resource Management, Force Management, Security Management, Legal Personnel Management, Legal Systems Integration and Innovation, Leadership, and professional writing.

Prerequisites: Selection for appointment as a Judge Advocate Warrant Officer, MOS 270A/ 270A (Legal Administrator) or warrant officers approved for branch transfer to MOS 270A; and Army Warrant Officer Candidate School graduate or sister service equivalent.  Completion of the prerequisite studies for JAWOBC includes Distance Learning Module II on Army JAG University, https://jagu.army.mil.

Click the student services link to the right for class schedules and information on attending the course.
 

4.5 Days. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: June 2019.

Scope:  This course focuses on the technical and mid-level management aspects of military law office management.  Topics may include Knowledge Management, Resource Management, Force Management, Security Management, Legal Personnel Management, Legal Systems Integration and Innovation, and Leadership with focus being placed on aspects of these areas of particular interest /concern to the field or the JAGC and Army leadership.

Prerequisites:  Army warrant officers serving in MOS 270A. Warrant officers of the sister services in equivalent positions may also attend. Civilians performing duties equivalent to MOS 270A as defined in DA Pam 600-3 are permitted to attend. Staff Judge Advocates desiring this course for any person not serving in such capacity will send a request for exception to the Chair, Legal Administrator and Paralegal Studies Department, TJAGLCS. 

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4 Weeks. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: July 2019.

Scope: This course educates Judge Advocate Warrant Officers to prepare them for assignment at or above the operational level of command.  Instruction is built around the Judge Advocate Warrant Officer core competencies and includes Knowledge Management, Resource Management, Force Management, Security Management, Legal Personnel Management, Legal Systems Integration and Innovation, Leadership, and professional writing.   Each student is responsible for completing a proposal paper prior to graduation.

Prerequisites: Judge Advocate Warrant Officers Possessing the requisite time in grade and service as determined by the Regimental Chief Warrant Officer and the Chair, Legal Administrator and Paralegal Studies Department, TJAGLCS.  Completion of the prerequisite studies for JAWOBC includes Distance Learning Module III on Army JAG University, https://jagu.army.mil.

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4.5 Days. Offered Twice Annually. Next Offering: June 2019.

Scope: This course presents education in strategic and organizational level leadership and management, as well as the full spectrum of topics affecting law office management and the Judge Advocate Warrant Officer core competencies.  This course also provides opportunities for working groups and discussion on effective and efficient management of legal offices across the Army. 

Prerequisites: By INVITATION ONLY. Attendees will be invited by the Chief Warrant Officer of the JAG Corps.

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PARALEGAL COURSES

4.5 Days. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: February 2019.

Scope: This course focuses on strategic and operational level Paralegal training, leadership, and legal updates for U.S. Army Command Paralegals, and select Chief Paralegals based on their duty assignment and level of responsibility.  The curriculum for this course is developed by the department, in coordination with the JAG Corps Regimental Command Sergeant Major, to advance The Judge Advocate General’s strategic objectives for Paralegal support to the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Prerequisites: This course is by INVITATION ONLY.  The approval authority for enrollment is the JAG Corps Regimental Command Sergeant Major.  Paralegals in the grade of E7 – E9 who are serving in Command or Chief Paralegal positions, civilian paralegals in the grade of GS-11 or above, or military personnel from other services with equivalent grade and specialty will be considered for invitation to the course.

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4.5 Days. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: April 2019.

Scope: This course focuses on more complex legal principles and practical skills for Army Paralegals, both military and civilian, within the core practice areas of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGC).  Additionally, the course emphasizes leadership and management techniques and best practices within those legal practice areas, as well as the more nuanced understanding of law and policy required at Corps and higher levels of command.  Classes will focus on specific areas of emphasis within current JAGC operations.  The curriculum is designed to provide enhanced understanding of the substantive legal framework for the area of practice and best practices for teaching, managing, and leading subordinate Paralegals to accomplish practical Paralegal skills to best support Judge Advocates and attorneys in the field.  Practice areas addressed may include Military Justice, Administrative & Civil Law, Contract and Fiscal Law, Operational Law, Legal Assistance, and Claims. 

Prerequisites: Paralegals in the grade of E-6 – E7 who have served 7 - 9 years as a paralegal, civilian paralegals in the grade of GS-9 or above, or military personnel from other services with equivalent grade and specialty.

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9.5 Days. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: April 2019.

Scope: This course focuses on essential legal principles and practical skills for military and civilian Army Paralegals within the core practice areas of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  Instruction will focus on specific areas of emphasis within current JAGC operations.  The curriculum is designed to provide an understanding of the substantive legal framework for the area of practice, as well as techniques, procedures, and best practices to best support Judge Advocates and attorneys in the field.  Practice areas addressed may include Military Justice, Administrative & Civil Law, Contract and Fiscal Law, Operational Law, Legal Assistance, and Claims.

Prerequisites: Paralegals in the grade of E4 – E5 who have served 3 - 5 years as a paralegal, civilian paralegals or legal kindred technicians in the grade of GS5 to GS9, or military personnel of other services of equivalent grade and specialty, who are assigned or pending assignment as a Paralegal NCO or employed by the U.S. Government as a civilian Paralegal.  Personnel who have attended this course in the prior 48 months are not eligible to attend this course.

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2 Weeks. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: July 2019.

Scope: This course provides training and education on legal principles and practical Paralegal skills to U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard Paralegal Soldiers. Classes will focus on specific areas of emphasis within current JAGC operations.  Practice areas addressed may include Military Justice, Administrative & Civil Law, Contract and Fiscal Law, Operational Law, Legal Assistance, and Claims.

Prerequisites: Soldier must be qualified in MOS 27D (Paralegal Specialist).

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COURT REPORTER COURSES

7 Weeks. Offered Three Times Annually. Next Offering: January 2019.

Scope: This course provides Paralegal specialists with the training necessary to perform the duties of a court reporter. The course focuses on essential redictation speech recognition and court reporter training for Army Paralegal NCOs and Paralegal specialists. Included in the curriculum are classes on the following topics: court reporter technology (FTR Gold and Dragon software); basics of court reporting (grammar, proofreading, introduction to redictation using open-mic and closed-mask methods, and speed dictation proficiency); and records of trial (court-martial terminology, stages of trial, courtroom management, courtroom technology, reporter’s log notes, verbatim records of trial, summarized testimony, summarized records of trial, assembly of record of trial, and certificates of correction).

Prerequisites: Attendees must possess 27D, Paralegal specialist, as a primary MOS and be in the grade of E4 through E6 (Soldiers in the rank of E1 through E3 and E7 are approved on a case-by-case basis); type at a minimum speed of 35 net words per minute; pass a hearing test; pass the APFT within 6 months of attending the course; meet height and weight requirements IAW AR 600-9; complete the Court Reporter Candidate Application and 27D Court Reporter Selection Course. Students are selected for attendance by the Court Reporter Selection Board and must have 24 months remaining time in service upon completion of the course.

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4.5 Days. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: October 2018.

Scope: The focus of the course is to update government court reporters on significant changes and new developments in Army court reporting; as well as leadership, training, management, triage, courtroom management, and records of trial processing. This course addresses Appendix 14, Manual for Courts-Martial, as well as guidance from the Chief Trial Judge and Clerk of Court related to the preparation of records of trial.

Prerequisites: Attendees must be a military or civilian court reporter employed by the U.S. Government in a supervisory or managerial position.

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9.5 Days. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: October 2018.

Scope: The focus of the course is to update and train government court reporters on advanced transcription techniques, as well as to adopt best practices for use of the software and hardware that support those methods. The course also includes practical work, using actual records from the students’ jurisdictions, to apply the methods learned under the advice and guidance of the instructors.

Prerequisites: Attendees must be a graduate of the Basic Court Reporter Course and actively serving as a court reporter.

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RESOURCES

PARALEGAL TASK LIST

DESKBOOKS / HANDBOOKS

JAGCONNECT

LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT & TRAINING (CAC Only)

COURT REPORTER (CAC Only)

COURT REPORTER CANDIDATE COURSE (JAG University Access Required)


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US AIR FORCE JAG

US NAVY JAG

US COAST GUARD JAG

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PARALEGAL ASSOCIATIONS

NATIONAL VERBATIM REPORTER'S ASSOCIATION

ASSOCIATION OF LEGAL ADMINISTRATORS

INTERNATIONAL LEGAL TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION

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