Tuesday, February 14, 2012
How to Become a Criminal Lawyer?
Criminal cases are on the rise and highly trained professionals are
required to ensure the judicial system upholds and promotes equality and
justice for all people. This is the job of criminal lawyers.
What does a criminal lawyer do?
Criminal lawyers (also called criminal attorneys) are generally either
criminal defense lawyers or prosecutors. Criminal defense lawyers represent
people who have been accused and charged with committing criminal activity.
They are advocates and argue on their client's behalf. They present
evidence and ensure there is no violation of the client's rights. W
presenting facts, criminal lawyers must do so in a way to show favorable
reflection on the client. They also provide advice to their clients about
legal rights and responsibilities and suggest courses of action.
Prosecutors represent the state and present evidence and facts to prove the
accused client is guilty of the crime.
Criminal lawyers also spend a lot of time outside the courtroom where they
conduct research, conduct interviews, and gather facts to prepare for
presenting their case.
What kind of training does a criminal lawyer need?
Criminal lawyers usually must complete 4 years of undergraduate education
and 3 years of law school. Many aspiring criminal lawyers complete their
undergraduate education in criminal justice. Law school applicants must
also complete the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The test assesses the
applicant's tendency to practice law. Law school involved intensive
study and grants the juris doctorate degree.
Law school graduates must pass a written bar examination to become licensed
to practice. Requirements often vary by state, but most states also require
graduates to pass a separate ethics examination. Many states also require
applicants to pass a one-time Multi-state Performance Test to evaluate
practical skills. Criminal lawyers must stay current on legal developments
and many states require continuing education.
What are the prospects for a career as a criminal lawyer?
Employment of lawyers is projected to grow about as fast as average for all
professions, increasing 11% from 2006 to 2016 (1). Population growth and
the increase in criminal cases will drive job growth.
Job prospects are expected to be good with keen competition. The best
prospects will be for criminal lawyers with degrees from highly regarded
How much do criminal lawyers make?
As of October 2009, criminal lawyers with less than 1 year experience
earned annual salaries between $45,172 and $69,870. Those with 1 to 4 years
experience earned annual salaries between $50,737 and $81,194 (2).
A career as a criminal lawyer is an excellent choice for people who have a
strong interest in criminal justice. Criminal lawyers must be able speak
with ease and authority and think quickly on their feet when presenting
cases in trials. They must be familiar with strategy and the rules of the
courtroom to accurately and effectively present their case. Perseverance,
reasoning ability, critical thinking, and creativity are also essential
Edited by: Lawyer Asad
Posted by Lawyer Asad at Tuesday, February 14, 2012