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Careers in Criminal Justice: Law

Legal Education, The Prosecuting Attorney, Criminal Defense, Bibliography

A career in criminal law can be very rewarding and a valuable learning experience. The field is attractive to those who have a strong sense of justice and who are interested in public service. Furthermore, it is a good choice for individuals interested in trial work and litigation. Criminal lawyers generally work either as prosecutors or as defense attorneys. Defense attorneys work either for a public defender organization, as solo practitioners, or in a law firm. Prosecutors work for the government either at the local, city, or county prosecutor's office, the criminal division of the state attorney general's office, or the U.S. attorney's office. In both prosecution and defense work, there are opportunities to work with state or federal criminal laws, or to do appellate appeals rather than trial work. Both the local prosecutor's offices and public defender organizations hire graduates right out of law school, or after a short time in practice.


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