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Prosecution lawyers/ lawyers I have a couple of questions?

What are your personal pros and cons?
What education and/or training helped prepare you for this job?
Did you have any trouble getting into this career field?
It would also be appreciated if you can leave your name, your job title, and what company you work for. Thank you.

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Nicole O.’s Answer

Hi Graciela, my name is Nicole and I'm a former prosecutor. Here are my answers:

What are your personal pros and cons?
Pros- You are put in a very powerful position to advocate on behalf of a victim that has been harmed by the defendant. You will most likely have the judge's ear when it comes to sentencing. Not everyone is afforded that kind of opportunity. If you are passionate about the work then it will bring a sense of fulfillment.

Cons- The job can have an effect on your mental health because of the nature of the cases. The cases that you come across won't always have the happiest stories. If you are invested in the case, then you will end up taking it home with you. That's why boundaries are important. The resources that the office has can either make or break you as an attorney and your cases. If the office that you are working in isn't well-resourced then you will spend your time on aspects of the case that you shouldn't be handling and you will spend less time on actual case development, trial strategy, speaking with victims, witnesses, etc. This will in turn affect how prepared you are in court when handling the case.


What education and/or training helped prepare you for this job?
3 years of law school and obtaining a bar license after passing the bar exam.

Did you have any trouble getting into this career field?
No.

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Tracie’s Answer

I am not a lawyer, but rather a daughter of a lifelong prosecutor. I have seen my dad have many ups and downs stemming from his chosen career. He took much pride and joy in helping to solve cases and put criminals behind bars. I know he appreciated seeing the smile on a victim or a victim's family when justice was served. I think he also struggled with the upfront and personal view of seeing some horrible things that can happen in someone's life. He dealt with so many crimes - rape, incest, murder, theft, etc it took a toll on his mental health, spending 30+ years doing this work. Today he doesn't like scary movies or even watching the news. I would also say that he did this work and did not make as much income wise as some of his non-prosecutor lawyer colleagues.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much, Tracie! Graciela
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