MOS 27D—Paralegal Specialist

Qualifications for initial award of MOS 27D, Paralegal Specialist:

PULHES: 222121
Physical Demands Rating: light
Required ASVAB Score: CL 105
Enlistment Bonus: None
Security Clearance: Secret
U.S. Citizenship: required
AIT Length / Location: 10 weeks, 3 days at Ft. Jackson, SC
Other Requirements

Paralegal Specialist (MOS 27D) Description / Major Duties:

Paralegal specialists administer and supervise the provision of paralegal services to unit commanders and staff and assist judge advocates/attorneys in providing professional paralegal services in diverse paralegal disciplines, including: organizational paralegal services (military justice, paralegal assistance, claims, administrative law, international law, operational law, and contract law); defense paralegal services; and judicial paralegal services.

Duties for MOS 27D at each skill level are:

MOSC 27D1O. Provides preliminary paralegal and administrative support to unit commanders and staff and coordinates paralegal actions with supervising paralegal office. Prepares and processes paralegal documents in support of courts martial, non judicial punishment, and other military justice matters; line of duty determinations, separation board proceedings, and other administrative law matters; paralegal assistance services; claims processing and investigations.

MOSC 27D2O. Supervise the operation of a section in a command or installation paralegal office. Provide technical guidance to subordinates. Maintain law/administrative library and section files and records. Monitors and reviews actions to ensure accuracy and timely dispatch or disposition.

MOSC 27D3O. Supervise the operation of a command paralegal office. Trains and provides guidance to subordinates on complex paralegal administrative issues. Coordinate with units concerning tasking and training of paralegal specialist and noncommissioned officers. Conduct extensive paralegal research. Adjudicates personal property claims.

MOSC 27D4O. Supervise the operation of an installation paralegal office or section of a major command paralegal office. Plans, task organizes, and provides logistical support to subsections. Coordinate the requisition and assignment of installation paralegal specialists/NCOs. Develops and implements installation training of paralegal specialists/NCOs.

MOSC 27D5O. Supervise the operation of a major command paralegal office. Provides technical and professional guidance to and coordinates the requisition and assignment of all command wide paralegal specialists/NCO. Advise the senior judge advocate on all matters affecting paralegal specialists/NCOs. Inspects command paralegal support activities and recommends actions to correct deficiencies and improve paralegal support operations.

Other Requirements for Award of MOS 27D:

(1) Display of typing a minimum of 25 words per minute (WPM) or with a typing test administered with industry-standard computer software (e.g. Mavis Beacon).
(2) No court martial conviction or punishment under formal Article 15 proceedings. (Formal Article 15 waivable by HQDA (AHRC-EPM-A) with OTJAG approval).
(3) No record of civil conviction other than minor traffic offenses. (Minor non traffic offense civil conviction waivable by HQDA (AHRC-EPM-A), with OTJAG approval.)
(4) No record of lost time under 10 U.S.C. 972, see appendix 3, MCM. (Waivable by HQDA (AHRC-EPM-A) with OTJAG approval.)
(5) No pattern of undesirable behavior as evidenced by civilian or military record.
(6) No record of conviction by special or general courts-martial or civilian courts of offenses listed in AR 27-10 (Military Justice), chapter 24 or otherwise required to register as a sexual offender under AR 27-10, chapter 24.
(7) Paralegal certification by the Judge Advocate General (TJAG), per Army Regulation (AR) 27-1, Judge Advocate Legal Services.

Additional Skill Identifiers for MOS 27D:

C5—Court Reporter (skill level 1-4 only).

Article Last Modified: May 10, 2011

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