Legal Officer

Job Description

Law in the RAF addresses the rules and regulations of the organisation, society at large and the international community. As an RAF Legal Officer, you will have a wide variety of legal challenges linked to the force and will play a central role in ensuring that we function smoothly.


  • Advising military commanders and staff in national, coalition and Allied environments on domestic and international humanitarian law
  • Advising on military law, air law, employment law, European law, health and safety and environmental law
  • Development and drafting of legislation in relation to the Armed Forces
  • Acting as Legal Adviser to Service Inquiry panels in relation to their investigations
  • Advocacy for the defence or prosecution at Courts Martial, Service Civilian Courts and Summary Appeal Courts
  • Advising both military police and commanders in relation to criminal investigations, evidence gathering, interviewing, and pre- and post-charge custody
  • Advising personnel of all ranks on the Armed Forces Act 2006 and procedures and regulations that apply to the RAF and wider defence
  • Providing legal training across the full breadth of ranks and branches of the RAF


You must be either a member of the Bar of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and have completed pupillage, or be a solicitor admitted to the Roll of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Applications from older candidates, especially those with previous commissioned service and/or relevant experience, may be considered on their merits as follows:

Older candidates with more than 4 years post qualification experience (PQE) will be referred to the Directorate of Legal Services (RAF) for consideration.

Older candidates with less than 4 years PQE, but who have more than 2 years PQE, have a strong academic record (e.g. A levels at grade A or B plus a 2:1 bachelor’s degree or better) will also be referred to DLS (RAF) for consideration.

A full UK driving license will be required.

Once you have successfully been commissioned into the Directorate of Legal Services (RAF) you will have to undertake and pass Developed Vetting periodically throughout your career, this will enable you to complete all duties of an RAF Legal Officer.

For more information please contact the Legal Team here:

You can see what the RAF accepts in lieu of GCSEs & A Levels here.