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Criminal Lawyers

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Experience as a law intern or judicial clerk is highly recommended. As an undergraduate student, try to participate in an internship at a courthouse, law firm, or other legal employer. Additionally, many private public defense organizations offer internships. Your career services office or prelaw (or other major) program may also require you to participate in an internship as part of its curricula. While in law school, it is a good idea to participate in a judicial clerkship. A clerkship with a judge who oversees criminal or civil proceeding will provide you with a behind-the-scenes look at the court system and the issues judges and lawyers deal with every day. Volunteer positions at a courthouse, prosecutor’s office, or law firm will also provide a helpful introduction to the field.

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