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Criminal Law or something else?

I am really interested in criminal law, however, is it possibly dangerous to get mixed with crime? What is the longest course for law school e.g. hypothetically family law takes 4 years whereas criminal law takes 5 etc. #lawyer #law #criminal-justice #criminology

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Brigid’s Answer

That is such a good question! It is not dangerous to work in the area of criminal law. All citizens have certain rights, and the right to a fair trial and an attorney (or some version) is one of those rights. The job of a lawyer is to interpret the law and also to protect people's rights under the law when they are charged with a crime. Criminal lawyers are among the smartest attorneys I know! It is a a super important area of the law, and if you have interest, you should go for it!

Family law is also a great discipline to go into, as you are helping families and family members to understand their rights under the law.

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I would recommending reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson or A Civil Action Jonathan Harr.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for you answer! It really has helped and is influencing my decision in going into criminal law! 👍😁 Samira
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David’s Answer

Practicing in the area of criminal law will give you a fair amount of exposure to people accused of crimes and those who have committed crimes. You will also be visiting jails to meet with clients or witnesses. Practicing criminal law is not necessarily dangerous. I have a family member that has been a prosecutor and is not a criminal defense lawyer. He is very successful and has never felt he was in danger.

Law school is a 3 year program. You gain specialities through practicing law and in some cases getting an LLM (essentially a masters degree in law).
Thank you comment icon Thanks for your answer, David! I’ll be using this info :) Samira
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