Criminal Justice Lawyer

Analyzer, Competitor & Leader

Potential salary $208,000

Criminal Justice Lawyer

Criminal justice lawyers defend those who have been accused of a crime and represent them in criminal court. They are analyzers, competitors, and leaders that fiercely research and debate topics in order to provide justice.

Criminal justice lawyers work for private law firms and local, state or federal agencies as well as private law firms, and can represent cases ranging from misdemeanors to high-profile murder cases. They gather and analyze evidence and present arguments that will help to either clear their client’s name or get them a more fair settlement. They are concerned with upholding the law and helping their clients navigate the logistics of whatever outcome occurs following the case.

Becoming a criminal justice lawyer involves an intensive amount of study. Completing both a bachelor’s degree program and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree program, as well as passing a state’s written bar examination, are requirements in order to practice. Jobs for this role are highly competitive and expected to grow 6% by 2028.

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