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Criminal Lawyer

Aniqa Khan

aniqa khan

on 21 October 2012

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Aniqa Khan Criminal Lawyer Job Description advise clients of legal rights, responsibilities and potential problems prepare documents and case research rules, regulations and previous cases represent clients before courts lawyers interpret law and apply to different situations 2 Types of Criminal Lawyers defense
prosecution Prosecution also called crown attorneys or crown counsel
work for government on behalf of public system
form cases against defendants by pleading a case to the juries in their favour Defense represent people who have been accused of the alleged crime
make a case in their client's innocence Suitable for Me? Central Aspects being interested in law
providing advice Secondary Aspects presenting ideas and information in writing
speaking in front of groups of people Other Aspects providing service to members of the public (eg. customers, patients) Core Skills explaining
advising persuading
advanced reading
presenting information in writing Desirable Skills using number skills in counting, measuring and arithmetic
handling people tactfully Criminal Lawyers are lawyers who prepare cases according to a criminal case such as rape, murder or theft What would I choose? Prosecutor putting a person in jail for their crimes
wouldn't want to defend a criminal Working Conditions prosecutors for government
defense counsel
-independently (as solo practitioners)
-employees at law firms offices
meeting rooms
courts (sometimes)
most lawyers spend most of time reading, writing and in meetings very stressful
prosecutors feel pressure from public
defense feel pressure from clients usually work more than 9 hours a day
50+ hours a week
weekend work and over time common, especially on big cases
sometimes have to travel to meetings, hospitals and prisons Earnings Criminal lawyers work for:
law firms
government (prosecutors)
solo practitioners articling student
$25000 to $70000 (depending on employer) most regular lawyers
$50000 to $165000
national average: $85000 to $125000 government prosecutors have regular salaries
depending on experience and seniority defense lawyers' pay depends on clients and hours Education and Training university undergraduate degree required (at least 2 years)
competitive, so usually bachelors is 4 years
degree in law, political science, or history
Juris Doctor License
1 year as an artcling student
bar admission program Sample Career Path Level 1: Articling Student $25000 to $70000
need to have JD or LLB
assisting senior lawyers
handling small matters Level 2: Junior Lawyer $50000 to $150000
need to have 1 yr of experience as an articling student
need to pass Bar Admissions Program
small to medium sized cases Level 3: Senior Lawyer $75000 to $200000
5-6 years of experience as a junior lawyer
handling larger matters and cases Personal Action Plan Grade Ten : Academic Communications Technology
Business Math
Career's and Civics
History core subjects electives .5 of a year
Age by end: 16 Grade Eleven: University Chemistry (science)
Social Studies (history)
Law English
Math core subjects electives 1 year
Age by end: 17 Grade Twelve: University English Math
Communication and Media Studies core subjects electives OSSD
completed 40 hours
1 year
Age by end: 18 University: Bachelors Degree
University of Western Ontario Post Secondary History
Bachelors of Arts (Honours) High school diploma
Five university level Grade 12 courses
Minimum Grade 12 average = 80% Bachelors degree
3-4 years
Age by end: 22 University: Professional Degree
McGill University LSAT exam
Bachelor of Civil Law, and Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
3-4 years
Professional Degree
Age by End: 26 Articling Student 1 year
Age by end: 27 Bar Admission Program several weeks to several months
approx. 6 months
Age by end: 27 Total amount of time: 12.5 years
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