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How Do I Become a Military Divorce Lawyer?

A military divorce attorney needs to be intimately familiar with laws and regulations that pertain to military divorce.
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In order to become a military divorce lawyer in the United States, you do not need to be a service member in any of the armed forces, nor do you need to be a lawyer for any branch of the armed forces. Military divorce lawyers are lawyers who not only specialize in divorce, but also specifically specialize in military divorce. Military divorce is a very complicated matter with laws that differ than those from a civilian divorce. To become a military divorce lawyer, you need a bachelor's degree, a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited law school, to pass the Bar Association examination, a job with a divorce law firm, or experience as a divorce lawyer, and an understanding of the issues in a military divorce.

When deciding on an undergraduate major, keep in mind the ultimate goal. Usually, law schools will accept graduates with any major if they pass the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) with an acceptable score and meet all other requirements. You will need to maintain a high grade point average (GPA) throughout your undergraduate studies in order to be admitted to a good law school.

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Apply to schools that offer military divorce lawyer programs. If you are unable to find any that offer this area of study, apply to well known law schools in the area. Once you have entered law school, there is a specific curriculum that must be followed. As with the undergraduate degree, there are, however, some elective courses. If your goal is to become a military divorce lawyer, opt for classes that will help you to learn about this field.

Upon graduation, you will have a J.D., but you will still need to take and pass the bar examination for the state you will be practicing law in. Without passing the bar examination, you will be unable to practice law. You may take bar examinations in multiple states if you would like to become a military divorce lawyer in more than one.

To become a military divorce lawyer, you will need to be a good divorce lawyer. Apply to work at well-known divorce firms in the area you would like to practice in or set up your own divorce law practice. Determine if any of these firms offer military divorce services and apply to work for one of these firms. There is a great deal to be learned about military divorce even after you have obtained your J.D., and learning from those already in the field can be very helpful. Continue to study the particulars of military divorce litigation as laws are constantly evolving.

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