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CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY, IN-DEPTH: Assisting People Who Don't Have A Chance To Speak Up

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Kimberly goes in-depth with her story about being the executive director of a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting civil rights. Kimberley talks about what she likes most about her job and what she finds most difficult. She also shares the key decision she took in her life to get to where she is today and what her work-life balance is like in this career.

School: Stanford Law School
Degree: Law - Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies
Job Title: Executive Director
Employer: Lawyers' Committee For Civil Rights

Job Summary: Lawyers

Job Description

Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, or government agencies on legal issues or disputes. Lawyers, also called attorneys, act as both advocates and advisors. As advocates, they represent one of the parties in criminal and civil trials by presenting evidence and arguing in court to support their client. As advisors, lawyers counsel their clients about their legal rights and obligations and suggest courses of action in business and personal matters. All attorneys research the intent of laws and judicial decisions and apply the laws to the specific circumstances that their clients face.

On-the-Job Training

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Becoming licensed as a lawyer is called being "admitted to the bar" and licensing exams are called "bar exams."

To practice law in any state, a person must be admitted to its bar under rules established by the jurisdiction’s highest court. The requirements vary by individual states and jurisdictions.

Most states require that applicants graduate from an ABA-accredited law school, pass one or more written bar exams, and be found by an admitting board to have the character to represent and advise others. Lawyers who want to practice in more than one state must often take separate bar exams in each state.

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$55,000 - $170,000
Projected job growth
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10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
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Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
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Military, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
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Analytical skills, Problem solving skills, Public speaking ability, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, People skills, Detail oriented

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<span m='15680'>serve</span> <span m='16570'>and</span> <span m='17490'>assist</span> <span m='18380'>all</span> <span m='18880'>of</span> <span m='18990'>the</span> <span m='19080'>folks</span> <span m='19670'>who</span> <span m='19950'>don't</span> <span m='20410'>have</span> <span m='20620'>a</span> <span m='20680'>chance</span> <span m='21300'>to</span> <span m='21420'>speak</span> <span m='21770'>up</span> <span m='21950'>for</span> <span m='22130'>themselves.</span> <span m='23100'>Whether</span> <span m='23500'>it's</span> <span m='23720'>because</span> <span m='24340'>of</span> <span m='24630'>their</span> <span m='25000'>social</span> <span m='25470'>status,</span> <span m='26060'>because</span> <span m='26570'>of</span> <span m='26700'>their</span> <span m='26940'>economic</span> <span m='27570'>status,</span> <span m='28250'>or</span> <span m='28580'>their</span> <span m='28790'>citizenship</span> <span m='29470'>status,</span> <span m='30250'>sometimes</span> <span 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<span m='44370'>really</span> <span m='45310'>big</span> <span m='45760'>issues</span> <span m='46710'>that</span> <span m='46940'>have</span> <span m='47170'>lots</span> <span m='47590'>of</span> <span m='47710'>implications</span> <span m='48780'>across</span> <span m='49270'>many</span> <span m='49610'>areas.</span> <span m='50730'>For</span> <span m='50980'>example,</span> <span m='52000'>we're</span> <span m='52240'>currently</span> <span m='53240'>doing</span> <span m='53630'>some</span> <span m='53880'>work</span> <span m='54280'>on</span> <span m='54430'>behalf</span> <span m='54970'>of</span> <span m='55090'>ninth</span> <span m='55450'>grade</span> <span m='55770'>students.</span> <span m='56880'>These</span> <span m='57550'>are</span> <span m='57880'>ninth</span> <span m='58320'>graders</span> <span m='58940'>who</span> <span m='59210'>are</span> <span m='59580'>having</span> <span m='60010'>to</span> <span m='60250'>repeat</span> <span m='60820'>Algebra</span> <span m='61400'>I,</span> <span m='62340'>after</span> <span m='62720'>they</span> <span m='62950'>have</span> <span m='63310'>already</span> <span m='63910'>been</span> <span m='64140'>successful</span> <span m='65280'>in</span> <span m='65590'>passing</span> <span m='66150'>Algebra</span> <span m='66650'>I</span> <span m='66980'>in</span> <span m='67180'>the</span> <span m='67340'>eighth</span> <span m='67610'>grade.</span> <span m='68520'>And</span> <span m='68680'>so</span> <span m='68830'>we've</span> <span m='69070'>been</span> <span m='69240'>working</span> <span m='69950'>with</span> <span m='70360'>those</span> <span m='70630'>students</span> <span m='71560'>to</span> <span m='72510'>really</span> <span m='72900'>push</span> <span m='73260'>back</span> <span m='73830'>against</span> <span m='74400'>the</span> <span m='74540'>district,</span> <span m='75230'>because</span> <span m='76000'>those</span> <span m='76240'>students</span> <span m='76570'>have</span> <span 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m='92010'>about</span> <span m='92560'>the</span> <span m='92960'>courage</span> <span m='93570'>to</span> <span m='93840'>step</span> <span m='94290'>out,</span> <span m='95040'>try</span> <span m='95540'>something</span> <span m='96430'>new</span> <span m='97240'>and</span> <span m='97560'>different</span> <span m='98610'>that</span> <span m='99140'>no</span> <span m='99490'>one</span> <span m='99790'>had</span> <span m='99950'>ever</span> <span m='100210'>done</span> <span m='100630'>in</span> <span m='100780'>my</span> <span m='101020'>family.</span> <span m='101910'>I</span> <span m='102180'>did</span> <span m='102420'>not</span> <span m='102980'>grow</span> <span m='103320'>up</span> <span m='103640'>with</span> <span m='103940'>lawyers</span> <span m='104600'>around</span> <span m='105160'>me.</span> <span m='105710'>I</span> <span m='105930'>did</span> <span m='106300'>have</span> <span m='106600'>parents</span> <span m='107220'>who</span> <span m='108010'>were</span> <span 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m='120040'>wanted</span> <span m='120440'>to</span> <span m='120610'>learn.</span> <span m='121000'>That's</span> <span m='121160'>what</span> <span m='121310'>I</span> <span m='121390'>wanted</span> <span m='121790'>to</span> <span m='121950'>know.</span> <span m='122790'>And</span> <span m='123440'>I</span> <span m='123510'>didn't</span> <span m='123800'>have</span> <span m='123980'>a</span> <span m='124020'>lot</span> <span m='124180'>of</span> <span m='124240'>people</span> <span m='124570'>around</span> <span m='125010'>me</span> <span m='125190'>to</span> <span m='125400'>reach</span> <span m='125670'>out</span> <span m='125900'>to,</span> <span m='126190'>to</span> <span m='126250'>contact,</span> <span m='126950'>to</span> <span m='127070'>understand</span> <span m='127590'>more.</span> <span m='128020'>But</span> <span m='128310'>it</span> <span m='128440'>was</span> <span m='129080'>courage</span> <span m='129560'>on</span> <span m='129740'>my</span> <span m='129910'>part</span> <span m='130590'>to</span> <span m='130900'>take</span> <span m='131370'>the</span> <span m='132250'>law</span> <span m='132450'>school</span> <span m='133020'>entrance</span> <span m='133390'>exam,</span> <span m='133930'>the</span> <span m='134110'>LSAT,</span> <span m='135320'>and</span> <span m='135710'>apply</span> <span m='136340'>to</span> <span m='137190'>law</span> <span m='137440'>school.</span> <span m='138230'>And</span> <span m='138680'>had I</span> <span m='138980'>been</span> <span m='139150'>fearful</span> <span m='139710'>about</span> <span m='140080'>the</span> <span m='140240'>unknown,</span> <span m='140880'>I</span> <span m='141040'>never</span> <span m='141450'>would</span> <span m='141620'>have</span> <span m='141770'>done it.</span> </p><p><span m='142500'>So as</span> <span m='142670'>a</span> <span m='142790'>general</span> <span m='143190'>matter,</span> <span m='143510'>there</span> <span m='143770'>are</span> <span m='143960'>always</span> <span m='144470'>jobs</span> <span m='144800'>out</span> <span m='145000'>there</span> <span m='145160'>for</span> <span m='145320'>lawyers.</span> <span m='146150'>For</span> <span m='146260'>those</span> <span m='146550'>of</span> <span m='146710'>us</span> <span m='146930'>who</span> <span m='147060'>are</span> <span m='147180'>civil</span> <span m='147550'>rights</span> <span m='147850'>advocates,</span> <span m='149110'>sometimes</span> <span m='149960'>the</span> <span m='150280'>jobs</span> <span m='150880'>can</span> <span m='151270'>be</span> <span m='152090'>scarce.</span> <span m='153010'>But</span> <span m='153250'>they</span> <span m='153440'>are</span> <span m='153630'>certainly</span> <span m='154130'>there,</span> <span m='154560'>and it is</span> <span m='154750'>always</span> <span m='155730'>about</span> <span m='156300'>patience</span> <span m='157370'>and</span> <span m='157800'>ensuring</span> <span m='158470'>that</span> <span m='158960'>you</span> <span m='159310'>are</span> <span m='159870'>on</span> <span m='160270'>a</span> <span m='160520'>path</span> <span m='161380'>that</span> <span m='161720'>can</span> <span m='162940'>lead</span> <span m='163380'>you</span> <span m='163780'>to</span> <span m='164130'>the</span> <span m='164420'>specific</span> <span m='165010'>job</span> <span m='165380'>that</span> <span m='165550'>you're</span> <span m='165700'>interested</span> <span m='166360'>in</span> <span m='167080'>when an</span> <span m='167480'>opportune</span> <span m='167970'>moment</span> <span m='168280'>presents</span> <span m='168690'>itself.</span> </p><p><span m='169550'>So</span> <span m='169910'>my</span> <span m='170160'>work-life</span> <span m='170770'>balance</span> <span m='171340'>can</span> <span m='171670'>be</span> <span m='171880'>tilted.</span> <span m='172530'>I</span> <span m='172660'>spend</span> <span m='173420'>a</span> <span m='173680'>lot</span> <span m='174070'>of</span> <span m='174210'>hours</span> <span m='175290'>at</span> <span m='175560'>work</span> <span m='176010'>and</span> <span m='176530'>in</span> <span m='176750'>the</span> <span m='176930'>office.</span> <span m='178740'>But</span> <span m='179420'>I</span> <span m='180110'>try</span> <span m='180800'>to</span> <span m='181010'>make</span> <span m='181330'>up</span> <span m='181540'>for</span> <span m='181690'>that.</span> <span m='182050'>When</span> <span m='182200'>I</span> <span m='182920'>have</span> <span m='183210'>weeks</span> <span m='183510'>where</span> <span m='183680'>I</span> <span m='183750'>spend</span> <span m='184160'>really</span> <span m='184410'>long,</span> <span m='184720'>late</span> <span m='185030'>days</span> <span m='185370'>in</span> <span m='185480'>the</span> <span m='185610'>office,</span> <span m='186420'>then</span> <span m='186770'>I</span> <span m='186860'>try</span> <span m='187100'>to</span> <span m='187190'>counterbalance</span> <span m='188000'>that</span> <span m='188330'>with</span> <span m='188690'>other</span> <span m='188980'>weeks</span> <span m='189630'>where</span> <span m='189940'>I</span> <span m='190030'>spend</span> <span m='190360'>more</span> <span m='190590'>time</span> <span m='191220'>with</span> <span m='191480'>my</span> <span m='191630'>family</span> <span m='192310'>and</span> <span m='192550'>doing</span> <span m='194920'>community</span> <span m='195550'>events</span> <span m='196020'>that</span> <span m='196370'>are</span> <span m='196920'>related</span> <span m='197460'>to</span> <span m='198640'>my</span> <span m='198980'>community.</span> <span m='200000'>And</span> <span m='200230'>they are</span> <span m='200420'>personal</span> <span m='200900'>activities</span> <span m='201500'>for</span> <span m='201650'>me</span> <span m='201910'>and</span> <span m='202120'>not</span> <span m='202370'>always</span> <span m='202810'>directly</span> <span m='203210'>tied</span> <span 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