As a bar certified lawyer, you can use your degree to become a Judge Advocate in the Marines. You will get all of the prestige of being a Marine and be able to get real world experience practicing law. Marine Judge Advocates are Marines first and receive training as such at The Basic Officer Course prior to attending Naval Justice School.
The three most common areas of practice for first-term Judge Advocates include the following:
-Criminal Litigation: After becoming Judge Advocates, Marine Officers begin managing their own cases as prosecutors or defense counsel. They are relied upon by commanders to provide advice on appropriate courses of action throughout the duration of criminal proceedings.
-Operational and International Law: Judge Advocates in this area of law have many responsibilities, including educating Marines and sailors on the requirements of international treaties and agreements that comprise the Law of Armed Conflict. In time of war, Judge Advocates deploy with operational units and provide essential legal services to commanders, deployed Marines, and other service members. They also advise commanders on matters such as the rules of engagement, Law of War and detention operations.
-Civil Law: Judge Advocates are also responsible for helping Marines with their civil legal needs. Judge Advocates assist Marines with legal matters involving estate planning, immigration and naturalization law, family law, landlord-tenant law, state and federal income tax and consumer protection. Judge Advocates also assist with the Marine Corps' multi-billion dollar procurement of technologies and supplies and help represent the interests of the United States across a broad range of tort issues.