PLC Law Program
Marine Corps Judge Advocates serve vital roles in ensuring the legal and ethical readiness of our nation’s premier fighting force. Judge Advocates serve as both prosecution and defense attorneys, preserving good order and discipline as well as Marines and Sailors’ constitutional rights throughout the criminal justice system. In their first tours, Judge Advocates are tested in the crucible of the courtroom, honing their skills in front of judges, juries, and their peers.
Marine Corps Judge Advocates practice law on behalf of the Marine Corps and its members. Judge Advocates maintain caseloads and advise Marines on legal issues. The training received as a Marine Corps Officer prepares these Marines to fight and win both inside and outside of the courtroom.
Captain Benjamin P. Broadmeadow, a second tour judge advocate, is an Office of Legislative Affairs Congressional Fellow with Representative Jackie Speier. As unrestricted line officers, Marine Corps judge advocates are able to expand their legal and professional experience in a wide variety of second tour assignments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Phuchung Nguyen)
Lt. Col. Christopher B. Shaw, Marine Corps Base Quantico Staff Judge Advocate, takes a moment to mentor his Marines in his office at Lejeune Hall on April 11. Shaw's most rewarding experiences have been helping individual Marines and commands.
Lt. Col. Christopher B. Shaw, Marine Corps Base Quantico Staff Judge Advocate, poses for a photograph in his office at Lejeune Hall on April 11. Shaw is a native of Boston, Mass.
Lt. Col. Christopher B. Shaw, Marine Corps Base Quantico Staff Judge Advocate, poses for a photograph in his office at Lejeune Hall on April 11. Shaw received his law degree at University of San Diego School of Law.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Paul Anderson, right, court reporter non-commissioned officer in charge, and Lance Cpl. Christina Kim, a court reporter, both assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, review audio files from a court case at the Legal Services building, Marine Corps Air Station...

PLC Law Program

PLC-Law is the largest commissioning source for Marine Corps judge advocates and is the main effort of the MCRC law recruiting mission. The PLC-Law Program offers prospective Marine Corps judge advocates the opportunity to earn their commission as Marine Corps Officers upon meeting certain initial eligibility and training requirements, but prior to completing their law school degree and obtaining a license to practice law. The desired end state of this program is the recruitment of the most mentally, morally, and physically qualified prospective Marine Corps judge advocates.

The key to achieving this end state is the development of a robust pool of officers who commission in law school and receive mentorship and on-the-job training opportunities before and after accession to active duty and before execution of orders to The Basic School (TBS).

Administration of the PLC-Law Program will include coordination of the PLC-Law Mentorship Initiative, Summer, Post-Bar Examination, and Pre-TBS Internship Initiatives, and requests for delay of accession to active duty in order to complete a one-year Master of Laws program or a one-year judicial clerkship.

Program Manager Updates

15 November 2021

All informational updates to the pool of commissioned Student Judge Advocates awaiting accession to active duty will posted on our LinkedIn page. If you are a commissioned Student Judge Advocate, please request access to the group in order to receive updates. Additionally, you can contact the Program Manager at the points of contact listed.

Revised editions of FROST Calls 021-20 and 022-20 will be published by February 2022, and will provide application guidelines for FY22 Summer and Post-Bar internships.

TBS Class dates are:

  Alpha Company, 1-22, 4 October 2021

  Bravo Company, 2-22, 22 November 2021

  Charlie Company, 3-22, 7 March 2022

  Delta Company, 4-22, 2 May 2022

  Echo Company, 5-22, 6 June 2022

  Fox Company, 6-22, 25 July 2022

  Golf Company, 7-22, 6 September 2022


Points of Contact

 Head, Officer Programs (OP): LtCol Isaiah Martinez

 Deputy, OP: Mr. Mark Jovich

 PLC Law Program Manager:
Capt. Jhonathan Morales
(703) 432-9262