Legal Specialists and Court Reporters


Legal Specialists and Court Reporters

The military has its own judicial system for prosecuting lawbreakers and handling disputes. Legal specialists and court reporters assist military lawyers and judges in the performance of legal and judicial work.

What They Do:

  • Legal specialists and court reporters in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Research court decisions and military regulations
  • Process legal claims and appeals
  • Interview clients and take statements
  • Prepare trial requests and make arrangements for courtrooms
  • Maintain law libraries and trial case files
  • Use a variety of methods and equipment to record and transcribe court proceedings
  • Prepare records of hearings, investigations, court-martials, and courts of inquiry

Training Provided:

Job training consists of classroom instruction. Course content typically includes:
  • Legal terminology and research techniques
  • How to prepare legal documents
  • High speed transcription
  • Military judicial processes

Helpful Attributes:

  • Helpful school subjects include business mathematics, typing, speech, and shorthand. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to keep organized and accurate records
  • Ability to listen carefully
  • Interest in the law and legal proceedings

Work Environment:

Legal specialists and court reporters work in military law offices and courtrooms.