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Monaerika Ford
ACAD 1100-205

Criminal Justice Attorney
My aspiration is to be a Criminal Justice Attorney. They can be employed by a state or local court. A Criminal Justice Attorney represents people or organizations who have been accused of committing a crime. They are also known as public defenders. They are mainly used to argue a case on behalf of a client in order to defend them when they have criminal charges or in order to minimize the legal consequences of their clients.

Criminal defense attorneys typically work at least 40 hours a week, but longer hours are common. Criminal Justice Attorneys also have to do a lot of research and preparation outside of trials. Outside of the court room attorneys are expected to come up with effective arguing strategies that can be used in their trials. In order for an attorney to strengthen their argument they must present evidence, laws and statues, and past judicial rulings. While in the courtroom, in order to win a case, a criminal defense attorney must constantly adapt and choose the most effective argumentative methods available to them.

Seven years of education, after high school, are required to be a Criminal Justice Attorney. Four years are spent at the undergraduate level while the other three are spent in actual Law school. One of the benefits for law students is that there are no strict requirements towards their Bachelor’s degree, but maintaining good grades and acquiring research, investigative, analysis and communication skills is recommended. Taking courses such as government, history, economics, public speaking or sociology are beneficial for potential attorneys. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree, law students are required to apply and attend law school. In order to be accepted into law school, a student’s admission requirements include Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores, undergraduate transcripts, work experience, letters of recommendation and a personal interview....
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