Prosecutor-My path to success

By: Angelica Cano

Introduction

I've always been interested in working for the government. I like what prosecutors do because they help people who have been threatened or harmed in a situation. I want to be able to make the world a better place by getting rid of bad people. Lawyers have to work their best and travel to places a lot. It may be stressful but I believe I can do it.

Career Research

Daily Tasks and Responsibilities


  • Investigate crimes
  • Decide to whether or not to bring legal proceedings
  • Travel to attend meetings with clients in different locations, such as homes, hospitals, or prison
  • He or she should have contact with the person suspected of the crime, the victim and witnesses, and have close contact with the police.


Work Environment
Lawyers do most of their work in offices, law libraries, and courtrooms. Most lawyers will be working 24/7 because they have to get as much evidence to bring in court. Lawyers must be able to wake up early and not fall asleep during their job.


Education and training

In order to be a lawyer you have to take a lot of years of college and law school. You will have to take seven years of full time study after high school. After that or if you're going to take a break you need four years of undergraduate study. After that three years of law school. All together you will need to take 14 years of school.


Preferred Job Skills


  • Problem solving abilities-help your client avoid a problem
  • Reading- will read your client all kinds of material such as documents and contracts
  • Writing- will write contracts , legal letters, and arguments
  • Organization/Management- keeping track of all the documents from all your clients
  • Research- spend hours investigating and researching information for your client



Job Outlook

Increase 10% or more by 2022


Salary

$113,530 per year

A Day in the Life - Lawyer

High School Prepearation

Courses

Many high schools especially in rural areas offer classes that can help you get closer to becoming a lawyer. If you take these classes they will give you more experience and lets you approve your skills to apply for the job.

  • Computer science
  • History/Social studies
  • Mathematics


According to an article by lhttp://hpplc.indiana.edu/law/law-hsprep.shtml , high school students will find plenty subjects that will lead them to the law career.


Extra curricular activities



Work/Volunteer Experience

High school students will find any subject which makes students investigate for example sociology, political science, psychology, economics, history. Students should take those classes if available in their school.

References

  1. Ms. Paulin- English teacher at East Leyden High School
  2. Ms. Ryan- Social Studies teacher at East Leyden High School
  3. Ms. Maibusch- Science teacher at East Leyden High School
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My Post Secondary Plan

Most lawyers are born into whose families work for the government. There are different kinds of lawyers that people can be in. They are all alike but somewhat different at the same time. Some people want to help criminals and some want to help the victim.


A prosecutor can:


  • You can have a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree. And, you can have majors and minors in english, chemistry, engineering, art, or social studies.
  • Some lawyers keep hitting the books after law school to obtain specialized master of law, or LLM degrees. LLMs target specific areas such as taxation, business, real estate, and finance law.
  • Bar review courses are the ultimate cram sessions. They give students a last ditch refresher on topic tested on state bar exams such as contract, property, criminal. tort, and civil procedure laws.


Certificate programs in advocacy provides the means for students to develop basic knowledge and skills in effective advocacy.


In order to become a lawyer a lot of years of school is required. If you don't graduate for college or high school there is no way you will be able to become a lawyer. You can earn a degree in law from:


  1. University of Chicago
  2. Northwestern University
  3. Yale University

"My job as a prosecutor is to do justice. And justice is served when a guilty man is convicted and an innocent man is not" -Sonia Sotomayor

Conclusion

Throughout the entire career research process, I learned that soft skills and talking to people you may not know can help you reach your goal. I had the opportunity to talk to a lawyer here in Chicago IL. He told me some things that lawyers do on a regular basis. He helped me understand more about becoming a lawyer. Now I'm sure that I want to pursue a career as a lawyer.