Warrant Officer Prerequisites and Duty Description
270A - Legal Administrator
AC Packet/Interview Deadline: TBD
If your packet contains a waiver request, your submission is due NLT 15 Aug 22 to ensure lead time for processing.
AC FY24 Board: TBD
RC Packet Deadlines/Board: Follow USAREC Board Schedule
NG: Apply at any time; refer to ARNG Predetermination Checklist
**Updates to follow with MILPER message***
***Effective 01 October 2022, applicants can choose but are not required to include the following fitness statement in block 41 of the DA Form 61:
“I certify that (applicant’s name) successfully passed the Army Combat Fitness Test, maximum dead lift (MDL), standing power throw (SPT), hand-release push-up (HRP), sprint/drag/carry (SDC), plank (PLK), and 2-mile run (2MR) with (score), on (date). The verified height was (inches) and verified weight was (lbs). (Applicant’s name) is within body fat standard according to AR 600-9.”
If the applicant chooses not to include the ACFT verification statement in block 41 of the DA Form 61, verified height and weight statement is required***

Applications are being accepted for trusted and highly qualified individuals who demonstrate character, competence, and commitment to serve as Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAGC) Warrant Officers in the following MOSs:

  • Judge Advocate General’s Corps: 27D (Paralegal Specialist)
  • Adjutant General’s Corps: 42A (HR Specialist)
  • Finance Corps: 36B (Financial Management Specialist)
  • Acquisition Corps:  51C (Contracting Specialist) 

MOS waiver: Soldiers who do not hold one of the listed feeder MOSs may qualify for a proponent waiver of the MOS requirement if the local SJA, the LOD Commander, or State SJA supports a waiver. SJAs or LOD Commanders can communicate their support to the proponent as part of their applicant interview memorandum. SJAs or LOD Commanders who will not support an MOS proponent waiver for an applicant are not required to conduct an interview. Legal Administrators will screen he applicant and make a determination if the applicant is viable BEFORE conducting the interview. The interview can be declined based on initial screening. Waivers are approved by The Judge Advocate General or his/her designee. 

Our Warrant Officers, by leveraging aggressively trained technical expertise combined with leader attributes, operate, manage, and sustain the legal offices of our combat forces around the world, which ensures a ready, globally responsive, and regionally engaged Army JAG Corps.

What is a JAGC Warrant Officer?: A JAGC Warrant Officer, or Legal Administrator, is a technical expert, legal office manager, and advisor in the World's most diverse, complex, and sophisticated legal practice. JAGC Warrant Officers are critical enablers. They are members of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate leadership team who manage operations, systems, and resources for the delivery of legal services. Legal Administrators, through a unique combination of leader and technical acumen, drive the organization to more effectively manage risks, monitor compliance, improve systems, and incorporate technology to support legal operations across the spectrum of operations. 

Duties (FM 1 - 04):  The legal administrator is an integral part of the JAGC team. In addition to their well-recognized role as technical experts, legal administrators provide experience and leadership to their organizations that contribute significantly to mission accomplishment. Legal administrators also manage systems and resources for the delivery of legal services across the spectrum of conflict. They actively plan, prepare, and execute military legal operations. Finally, legal administrators mentor and guide officers, noncommissioned officers, enlisted Soldiers, and Army civilians. Holistically, the legal administrator assigned to an operational unit is a technical expert, legal office manager, advisor, and leader.

The legal administrator is the third member of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate’s (OSJA) senior leadership team and the officer in charge of the administrative section. Legal administrators contribute to and support the training requirements of OSJA personnel. The legal administrator builds and maintains effective working relationships with key personnel throughout the area of operations to enable OSJA personnel to meet their mission requirements.

Review FM 1 - 04 for additional information regarding Legal Administrators.

Legal Administrator Core Competencies (Smartbook DA PAM 600-3):
JAGC Warrant Officers must have education, training and experience in legal operations, human resources, budget, security, project management, information and knowledge management, and the JAGC Core Legal disciplines (Military Justice, Administrative and Civil Law, International and Operational Law, Claims, Contract and Fiscal Law, and Legal Assistance) and apply their knowledge and expertise across the full spectrum of legal operations in any environment - including in garrison and while deployed.
JAGC Warrant Officers are the system administrators and technical experts for all JAGC specific applications, hardware, and facilities. (Reference Smartbook DA Pam 611 - 21 for additional information regarding duties and responsibilities). JAGC Warrant Officers provide key and essential services in their core competencies: Legal Systems Integration and Innovation, Legal Personnel Management, Knowledge Management, Force Management, Resource Management, and Security Management, which enable the effective execution of the JAGC Core Legal Disciplines for the Army.

Review Smartbook DA PAM 600 - 3 for additional information regarding Legal Administrator Core Competencies. 

Prerequisites for Appointment in MOS 270A/Legal Administrator (LA):
a. Military Education. Successfully complete the “270A LA Prerequisite Course" on JAG University (JAGU) when submitting an application (non-waivable).  
     (1) The “270A LA Prerequisite Course” is completed by distance learning (DL) through the JAGU platform. The course is designed to familiarize prospective Legal Administrators (LA) with education in basic level core competency subjects in preparation for accession as a Legal Administrator. The faculty at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School leverages and builds upon learning in the prerequisite course during the resident program of instruction at the Warrant Officer Basic Course. 
     (2) To self-enroll in the course, applicants login to JAGU at https://jagu.army.mil, log-in with your CAC, select “Enrollment” tab, and “270A LA Prerequisite Course.” 
     (3) From the day you self-enroll, you will have 120 days to complete the “270A LA Prerequisite Course.” After 120 days, you will be involuntary disenrolled.
     (4) For further assistance, contact the Judge Advocate Warrant Officer Education Department, at usarmy.charlottesville.hqda-tjaglcs.mbx.270a-pme-warrant-officer@army.mil.
b. Civilian Education. Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university. An education waiver for individuals who possess an associate’s degree or over 60 college credits towards a bachelor’s degree must be approved by TJAG or his or her designee.
c. Military Experience. Applicants must be a noncommissioned officer (E5) or above, with at least five years’ time-in-service. Waivers for this prerequisite must be approved by TJAG. Commissioned officers and/or warrant officers may apply and do not require the minimum time-in service.
d.  Administrative Qualification Requirements.  270A Warrant Officer applicants must meet the basic qualifications IAW Army requirements.  Refer to the USAREC Qualifications page for Army requirements, such as GT score, age, active federal service, Army fitness test, https://recruiting.army.mil/ISO/AWOR/BASIC_QUALIFICATION/.  
POC for Active Component Applicants:
270A Warrant Officer Career Manager
Office of the Judge Advocate General

DSN: 223-4466  COMM: (703) 693-4466 
POC for US Army Reserve Applicants:
CW5 Wesley Westbrook
Legal Administrator
Headquarters, U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort Bragg
COMM: (910) 570-9039 
POC for National Guard Applicants:
CW4 Miguel R. Flores
National Guard Bureau
COMM: (703) 607-2611

Last Updated: 09 February 2023