Law

Interested in practicing law or how about enforcing the law from the courtroom? Each of these professions, which have many subcategories such as law and justice, criminal justice, legal and paralegal are all careers in criminal justice that permit someone to work for a stable and orderly society.

As a lawyer, or attorney, the primary responsibility is to carry out the practice of law by acting in the role as both an advocate and as an advisor in matters of law. As an “advocate,” the lawyer represents one side in the setting of a courtroom by presenting evidence coupled with arguments that support his client. In the “advisory” role, the lawyer provides his client with legal counsel suggesting courses of action that can be taken in matters of law.

Being a lawyer requires critical thinking and analysis in putting together cohesive and convincing arguments. Mastering the art of public speaking before the judge, the grand jury, and the public is essential for anyone who contemplates becoming a lawyer. Regardless of the role as advocate or advisor, the lawyer must know how to diligently research the intent of the law along with past judicial decisions that may have occurred, and then apply those findings to the legal issues that surround his client.

A paralegal profession with respect to the criminal justice system means a career that assumes the responsibility of assisting with the many tasks of the lawyer’s role, but with one big exception. The paralegal cannot perform duties that are considered to be a part of the practice of law, namely giving legal advice and presenting cases in the courtroom. Tasks that are commonly performed by the paralegal include assisting the lawyer with the trial proceedings and performing the research to identify the appropriate laws, or former judicial decisions, that could be relevant to a case.

Paralegals maintain the organization and file tracking of the case documents, prepare courtroom motions that are to be filed, secure affidavits, and provide secretarial assistance during the trial. In a proceeding that involves a corporate client, the paralegal may assist with preparing legal documents such as a contract, a mortgage, or a lien. The responsibility of the paralegal is paramount in the workings of the criminal justice system that require dedicated skills of organization and communication.

The courtroom provides an important role in criminal justice offering a wide range of career options that include:

  • Lawyer
  • Attorney General
  • District Attorney
  • Bailiff
  • Clerk of Court
  • Court Reporter
  • Judge
  • Jury Assignment Commissioner
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Librarian
  • Legal Researcher
  • Mediator
  • Public Defender
  • Paralegal
  • … and many more

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