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Criminal law is an important branch of law that deals with various kinds of offences related to sex, robbery, drugs, or murder among many other crimes. The field of criminal law is extremely challenging, the lawyers are required to be extremely tactful, detail oriented and analytical in their investigations. A candidate who wants to enter into this field of law is required to undergo thorough training from the law schools. One needs to obtain a criminal law degree from a certified law school. This enables the law students to get apprenticeships in law firms very easily. The first thing you must obtain in order to become a criminal lawyer is a bachelor’s degree. There are countless number of law colleges and universities providing major courses in pre-law. The school entry level exam or the LSLAT needs to be cleared. You can also gain access to a law school having other degrees as well. The law school or college you are entering must be certified by the bar association. The law school provides different contracts or courses like that of constitutional law, property law and criminal law. For getting a degree of a jurist doctor, you need to attend the ABA institution and get licensed by them.

The criminal defense lawyers are ranked as:

 
  • Counselor
  • Advocates
  • Barrister
  • Solicitor
  • Attorneys

These rankings are based on the qualification and experience of the criminal lawyers. Since the field of criminal law is extremely complicated, mere educational qualification is not sufficient for becoming a criminal lawyer. Those aspiring to become criminal lawyers must keep themselves abreast with the latest happenings all over the world. The attorneys must be ready to travel and spent time in court rooms, analyze the trial cases and proceedings. The lawyers must also be prepared to meet their potential clients in business places, hospitals, home or even in jail.

There are no fixed working hours for criminal attorneys. The lawyers must be comfortable working during odd hours. Since the criminal lawyers are considered to be both advocates and advisors to the clients, they may have to spend several hours in dealing with their clients. These attorneys are responsible for representing their clients in the trial cases, argue in their favor, and present before the law courts evidences to show that the client is guilty. They also advise their clients about the various strategies and measures that can be adopted, provides advices pertaining to legal personal matters are also provided by these attorneys.

Those aspiring to become criminal lawyers must be aware of the fact that the field of criminal law is not at all glamorous, instead it is extremely challenging. Those thinking of pursuing a career in this field must take out time to analyze if they will be able to deal with the complexities and responsibilities associated with this legal field.

Criminal lawyers can be of two types, a public defender and private lawyer. Some of the public defenders are private lawyers who are appointed by the law courts and non profit organizations. They may also be employed by the local, state or federal government. The private lawyers are appointed for free. Many of them also get into voluntary services.


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