A criminal justice lawyer (attorney) is someone who is qualified and licensed to represent a client in court and plays an important role within the U.S criminal justice system. They're largely responsible for representing either the state or a criminal defendant throughout the entirety of a criminal trial. They also take part in court procedures, researching evidentiary laws, and works with local judges to navigate the criminal justice system efficiently and competently. Most of their time is spent gathering facts, analyzing the information, filing the necessary legal paperwork as it relates to the case and attending hearings.
To become a criminal justice lawyer, you will need obtain your undergraduate degree, a Juris Doctor, pass the bar examination, and obtain state licensing. Law school is typically a 3-year program and some states require continuing education to maintain up-to-date knowledge of laws.
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