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The Criminal Defense Lawyer By Vicki Marks Educational Requirements Bachelor’s Degree Graduate Law School Pass Bar Exam FBI Background Check A Typical Day In Court • 9 am to 5pm, 9am to 1pm • Motion Hearings, trials, and pre- trials for clients No Court • Emails and Voicemails • Meets with clients • Legal Research for cases • Works on Briefs Duties, Tasks, and Responsibilities Representing those that are in connection to the criminal justice system Appear in court for pre-trials and trials Research cases Handle appears and write briefs Personality Traits Listening is KEY Ability to Multi-task Hard-working Working well with a variety of people Traits In Myself Listening: Executive Board Leadership position Ability to Multi-task: School, Work, Alpha Chi Omega, Family, Friends, Exercise Hard-working: Dedication to school and LSAT Able to work with a variety of people: Jobs and sorority Occupational Outlook Employment is expected to grow as fast as average through 2014 Will continue to be a competitive field School choice and grades will matter Increase of work in nontraditional areas Willingness to relocate is important Work experience matters Salary Largest Employment Industries Management of companies and enterprises: $126,250 Federal Government: $108,090 Legal services: $99,580 Local government: $73,410 State government: $70,280 2004: Median Salary: $94,930 Associations and Organizations American Bar Association Criminal Law Section National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Various State Organization, associations for independent and specialized lawyers Sources Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Lawyers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos053.htm (2 Nov. 2006). Morgan, Robert. Telephone interview. 30 Oct. 2006. National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, NACDL Homepage, http://www.criminaljustice.org/public.ns f/FreeForm/PublicWelcome?OpenDocu ment (2 Nov. 2006).
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