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  1. I was just wondering whether the Royal Navy or Royal Marines recruits lawyers?
    I know the Army and RAF do so does the Royal navy because from what I can see they do not but this seems silly if the other two do?
    So if they don't why not?
  2. the_matelot

    the_matelot War Hero Moderator

    The RN definitely do as far as I'm aware-I know of at least one guy who was qualified before he joined up as a Logistics Officer, did an appointment at sea as a Loggie and now is working for Fleet Legal I think. He was also a copper with a Jockistani force before joining up but despite that, he was (and is) a top bloke! :thumright:
  3. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    The RN is an equal opportunities employer; they will accept all applicants, especially those with a degree in a particular field, although do not actively recruit lawyers, per se.

    If you have an LLB/etc., and are keen to join the RN then you might best be suited to the Logistics Branch with a view to join as a Logistics Officer. Obviously you don't have to concentrate on Service Law, but given your qualifications it's probably best.

    After the usual Fleet time you may elect to branch into the Service Legal Authority working in a variety of legal offices throughout the Fleet, although you will most likely work in the (now Tri-Service) Service Prosecuting Authority.

    Contact your local AFCO for more details. The CV of Cdre Robert FRASER RN (Naval Legal Service) is here.
  4. I believe if the Navy also promotes Logisitics officers doing their training to be a barrister and pays for it all. Not certain, heard a lad at BRNC talking about it a few weeks ago.

    Ask ACLO they hold the answers
  5. My Do at FONAC, was a legal eagle, but as you may have deduced from using the outdated FONAC that was many many moons ago
  6. TASO on RESO(P) in 66-68 was a qualified barrister, first time he tried the legal beagle stuff with a distinctly old and bold Jockanese Provost, he got shot down in flames, and we all got fined. Last I heard of him, he was one of these scientific explorer thingies, trying to prove a scientific theory that nobody else had thought of. Not very keen on the legal profession at all, but that's clouded by a long line of DO's trying to beat the old NDA, and failing me every time !!
  7. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Spot on.

    The BIG emphasis is that although you may join as a Logistics Officer with a Law Degree, there is absolutely no certainty whatsoever that you will be streamed as a barrister. Statistically, whilst you may be legal adviser to the Commanding Officer in your employ as a Logistics Officer, it must not be assumed it will happen. Reflecting civilian Law graduates, the vast majority never actually end up using the degree vocationally in the RN.

    In answer to the question "why not?". The RN is less than half the size of the Army numerically, smaller than the RAF also & can therefore recruit as a "sideways" entry specialisation rather than direct entry. In short, there's very few required, so the other services offer better prospects in this particular field.

    Good luck.
  8. ok then thanks for all the replies!!!!
    does anyone know what career progression would be like as a logistics officer e.g what rank you start and where you can expect to get etc
  9. We had an observer on 771 who was a qualified barrister. He always came in handy when my lads dropped in the Sh*t, I used to remind them that they could be represented by any officer at table. Needless to stay on more complex cases he was the successfully at getting them admonished.

    Thanks and good work fella
  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

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