A guardian ad litem is a great and noble profession for someone who thinks that maybe he wants to be a lawyer but is not sure. A guardian ad litem is someone appointed to be a "guardian at law." The court assigns such a person to look out for the interests of a dependent during legal proceedings that could affect the dependent's life; this especially, but not always, concerns divorce cases involving minor children. As a guardian ad litem, you would be working with a lawyer, not as an assistant to him but as another professional in the mix.
Besides divorce cases, a guardian ad litem is very important to children who are in foster care. When someone is trying to adopt a child from an adoption agency, the agency, the prospective parents, and the living biological parents each must have an attorney. In the case of the adoption of an older child, a guardian ad litem will act as that child's attorney, making sure that conflicts of interest get resolved in such a way that the child doesn't get harmed.
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