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PARALEGAL: We Look At Problems Within The Criminal Justice System

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Rick is a paralegal who works at a state agency that specializes in debt penalty representation and habeas corpus law. They must look at the trail and the crime in order to determine whether or not they violated habeas corpus. This involves looking at police investigations, trails, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, the jury, and any appeals that made have been submitted. In short, he looks for problems within the criminal justice system.

Degree: Political Science - International Relations
Job Title: Senior Paralegal

Job Summary: Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Job Description

Paralegals and legal assistants do a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Employers sometimes hire college graduates with no legal experience or education and train them on the job. In these cases, the new employee often has experience in a technical field that is useful to law firms, such tax preparation or criminal justice.

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Average salary
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$30,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
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15 to 20 percent
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Full-time
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Indoor, Office
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Organizational skills, People skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Analytical skills, Detail oriented

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m='13010'>government</span> <span m='13480'>is</span> <span m='13630'>holding</span> <span m='13950'>a</span> <span m='14010'>person</span> <span m='14960'>against</span> <span m='15760'>the</span> <span m='15840'>law.</span> <span m='16340'>So</span> <span m='16480'>this</span> <span m='16670'>happened</span> <span m='17120'>in</span> <span m='17340'>the</span> <span m='17400'>Civil</span> <span m='17700'>War</span> <span m='18060'>where</span> <span m='19090'>President</span> <span m='19690'>Lincoln</span> <span m='19960'>actually</span> <span m='20380'>held</span> <span m='20800'>people</span> <span m='21730'>against</span> <span m='22160'>the</span> <span m='22240'>Constitution.</span> </p><p><span m='23630'>It</span> <span m='23800'>was</span> <span m='24030'>legally</span> <span m='24400'>done,</span> <span m='25390'>but</span> <span m='26250'>the</span> <span m='26690'>way</span> <span m='27120'>we use</span> <span m='27360'>it</span> <span m='27630'>in</span> <span m='27820'>California</span> <span m='28550'>is</span> <span m='28840'>that</span> <span m='29230'>instead</span> <span m='29660'>of</span> <span m='29910'>the</span> <span m='30020'>state</span> <span m='30320'>holding</span> <span m='30790'>somebody</span> <span m='31940'>illegally,</span> <span m='32850'>we</span> <span m='32920'>basically</span> <span m='33350'>say</span> <span m='33690'>that</span> <span m='34230'>something</span> <span m='34630'>went</span> <span m='34770'>wrong</span> <span m='35140'>with</span> <span m='35400'>the</span> <span m='35490'>due</span> <span m='35650'>process.</span> <span m='35930'>So</span> <span m='36210'>instead</span> <span m='36520'>of</span> <span m='36590'>being</span> <span m='36770'>held</span> <span m='36990'>in</span> <span m='37090'>prison</span> <span m='37500'>or a</span> <span m='37740'>dungeon</span> <span m='38080'>legally--</span> <span m='38440'>which</span> <span m='38640'>is</span> <span m='38750'>actually</span> <span m='39040'>where</span> <span m='39290'>it</span> <span m='39470'>stemmed</span> <span m='39710'>from--</span> <span m='41360'>it's</span> <span m='41630'>more</span> <span m='41840'>used</span> <span m='42320'>in</span> <span m='42750'>pointing</span> <span m='43120'>out</span> <span m='43370'>that</span> <span m='43630'>somebody</span> <span m='44090'>has</span> <span m='44420'>had</span> <span m='45330'>a</span> <span m='45440'>result</span> <span m='46030'>of</span> <span m='46220'>their</span> <span m='46410'>trial</span> <span m='47080'>be</span> <span m='47860'>inappropriate</span> <span m='48640'>according</span> <span m='49020'>to</span> <span m='49490'>law and</span> <span m='49790'>according</span> <span m='50090'>to the Constitution.</span> </p><p><span m='51050'>I</span> <span m='51170'>work</span> <span m='51380'>for a</span> <span m='51530'>state</span> <span m='51850'>agency</span> <span m='52090'>that</span> <span m='52220'>does</span> <span m='52340'>debt</span> <span m='52550'>penalty</span> <span m='52950'>representation</span> <span m='53730'>at</span> <span m='53890'>the</span> <span m='53950'>habeas</span> <span m='54360'>corpus</span> <span m='54760'>level.</span> <span m='55250'>So</span> <span m='55610'>in</span> <span m='55710'>most</span> <span m='56070'>legal</span> <span m='56410'>cases</span> <span m='57310'>where</span> <span m='57590'>crime</span> <span m='57830'>occurs,</span> <span m='58170'>you'll</span> <span m='58320'>have</span> <span m='58490'>the</span> <span m='58570'>trial,</span> <span m='59080'>you</span> <span m='59200'>have</span> <span m='59330'>the</span> <span m='59430'>appeal,</span> <span m='59880'>and</span> <span m='60020'>then</span> <span m='60120'>you</span> <span m='60210'>have</span> <span m='60390'>the</span> <span m='60450'>habeas</span> <span m='60840'>corpus</span> <span m='61190'>proceedings.</span> <span m='62350'>And</span> <span m='62620'>so</span> <span m='62720'>what</span> <span m='62860'>we</span> <span m='62990'>do</span> <span m='63260'>is</span> <span m='63370'>we</span> <span m='63510'>take</span> <span m='63720'>a</span> <span m='63780'>look</span> <span m='64120'>at</span> <span m='64410'>everything</span> <span m='64769'>that</span> <span m='64870'>happened</span> <span m='65280'>at</span> <span m='65450'>the</span> <span m='65530'>trial</span> <span m='66320'>and</span> <span m='66900'>actually</span> <span m='67310'>the</span> <span m='67410'>crime</span> <span m='67670'>itself.</span> </p><p><span m='68140'>So</span> <span m='68380'>we</span> <span m='68510'>look</span> <span m='68790'>at</span> <span m='69000'>the</span> <span m='69190'>police</span> <span m='69580'>investigation,</span> <span m='70690'>the</span> <span m='71080'>trial</span> <span m='71430'>itself,</span> <span m='71920'>the</span> <span m='72010'>prosecutor,</span> <span m='72670'>the</span> <span m='72780'>defense</span> <span m='73150'>attorney,</span> <span m='73510'>the</span> <span m='73650'>judge,</span> <span m='74180'>the</span> <span m='74330'>jury,</span> <span m='75220'>and</span> <span m='75320'>then</span> <span m='75460'>we</span> <span m='75570'>look</span> <span m='75840'>at</span> <span m='76080'>any</span> <span m='76230'>appeals</span> <span m='76650'>that</span> <span m='76750'>happened</span> <span m='77080'>after</span> <span m='77340'>that.</span> <span m='77880'>And</span> <span m='77890'>we</span> <span m='78130'>take</span> <span m='78470'>everything</span> <span m='78830'>into</span> <span m='79010'>account</span> <span m='79630'>and</span> <span m='79870'>we</span> <span m='80350'>point</span> <span m='80610'>out</span> <span m='80810'>what</span> <span m='81080'>might</span> <span m='81260'>have</span> <span m='81370'>gone</span> <span m='81560'>wrong</span> <span m='82080'>with</span> <span m='82300'>the</span> <span m='82360'>trial</span> <span m='83150'>or</span> <span m='83420'>the</span> <span m='83580'>investigation</span> <span m='84130'>itself.</span> <span m='84630'>So</span> <span m='85050'>the</span> <span m='85150'>root</span> <span m='85630'>of</span> <span m='85740'>what</span> <span m='85880'>we</span> <span m='85990'>do</span> <span m='86310'>is</span> <span m='86580'>we look</span> <span m='87000'>for</span> <span m='87890'>problems</span> <span m='88370'>within</span> <span m='88820'>the</span> <span m='88930'>criminal</span> <span m='89250'>justice</span> <span m='89650'>system,</span> <span m='91000'>which</span> <span m='91350'>could</span> <span m='91510'>be</span> <span m='91680'>anything</span> <span m='92110'>from</span> <span m='92420'>getting</span> <span m='92670'>an</span> <span m='92770'>innocent</span> <span m='93140'>person</span> <span m='93470'>off</span> <span m='93640'>of</span> <span m='93930'>death row</span> <span m='94680'>to</span> <span m='95050'>having</span> <span m='95400'>somebody</span> <span m='95810'>who</span> <span m='95960'>committed</span> <span m='96260'>a</span> <span m='96330'>crime</span> <span m='96670'>retried</span> <span m='97260'>because</span> <span m='97550'>there</span> <span m='97630'>was</span> <span m='97740'>a</span> <span m='97780'>problem</span> <span m='98290'>with</span> <span m='98640'>the</span> <span m='98710'>trial</span> <span m='99040'>itself.</span> </p><p><span m='100170'>In</span> <span m='100730'>college,</span> <span m='101530'>I</span> <span m='102100'>was</span> <span m='102520'>a</span> <span m='102600'>politics</span> <span m='103050'>major</span> <span m='103800'>with</span> <span m='103980'>a</span> <span m='104020'>focus</span> <span m='104450'>on</span> <span m='104610'>international</span> <span m='105120'>relations.</span> <span m='105570'>I thought</span> <span m='105850'>I</span> <span m='105880'>wanted</span> <span m='106100'>to</span> <span m='106170'>go</span> <span m='106320'>into</span> <span m='106430'>something</span> <span m='106690'>like</span> <span m='106860'>that.</span> <span m='107490'>And</span> <span m='107600'>then</span> <span m='107710'>towards</span> <span m='107970'>the</span> <span m='108110'>end</span> <span m='109000'>or</span> <span m='109290'>maybe</span> <span m='109570'>towards</span> <span m='109830'>the</span> <span m='109910'>middle</span> <span m='110290'>I</span> <span m='110430'>started</span> <span m='110740'>getting</span> <span m='110970'>interested</span> <span m='111430'>in</span> <span m='111560'>legal</span> <span m='111780'>studies.</span> <span m='112670'>My</span> <span m='112790'>college</span> <span m='113210'>legal</span> <span m='113470'>studies</span> <span m='113770'>and</span> <span m='113850'>politics</span> <span m='114260'>courses</span> <span m='114630'>were</span> <span m='114720'>very</span> <span m='114950'>similar.</span> <span m='116280'>I</span> <span m='116410'>had</span> <span m='116570'>no</span> <span m='116690'>lawyers</span> <span m='116980'>in</span> <span m='117030'>my</span> <span m='117120'>family.</span> <span m='117470'>I had</span> <span m='117640'>no</span> <span m='117750'>experience</span> <span m='118220'>with</span> <span m='118330'>the</span> <span m='118390'>legal</span> <span m='118630'>field,</span> <span m='119110'>but</span> <span m='119340'>I</span> <span m='119410'>found</span> <span m='119700'>these</span> <span m='119870'>law</span> <span m='120130'>classes</span> <span m='120510'>really,</span> <span m='120880'>really</span> <span m='121000'>interesting.</span> </p><p><span m='121580'>So</span> <span m='121730'>I</span> <span m='121780'>started</span> <span m='122130'>looking</span> <span m='122500'>at</span> <span m='123290'>law</span> <span m='123510'>school</span> <span m='123880'>application</span> <span m='124430'>seminars,</span> <span m='125020'>researching</span> <span m='125470'>law</span> <span m='125660'>school,</span> <span m='125970'>and</span> <span m='126040'>it</span> <span m='126100'>seemed</span> <span m='126290'>to</span> <span m='126340'>be</span> <span m='126440'>something</span> <span m='126750'>I</span> <span m='126790'>really</span> <span m='127010'>wanted</span> <span m='127180'>to</span> <span m='127330'>do.</span> <span m='128449'>I</span> <span m='128560'>got</span> <span m='128750'>a</span> <span m='128810'>job</span> <span m='129259'>while</span> <span m='129539'>I was still</span> <span m='129780'>in</span> <span m='129850'>college</span> <span m='130320'>at</span> <span m='130479'>a</span> <span m='130530'>small</span> <span m='131000'>dental</span> <span m='131330'>malpractice</span> <span m='131900'>law</span> <span m='132060'>firm</span> <span m='132430'>just</span> <span m='132680'>to get</span> <span m='132810'>a</span> <span m='132860'>taste</span> <span m='133280'>of</span> <span m='133370'>what</span> <span m='133810'>law</span> <span m='134290'>was.</span> <span m='135360'>And</span> <span m='135530'>then</span> <span m='135680'>I</span> <span m='135720'>knew</span> <span m='135910'>I</span> <span m='135960'>wanted</span> <span m='136290'>to</span> <span m='136410'>work</span> <span m='136700'>for</span> <span m='137070'>about</span> <span m='137300'>a</span> <span m='137350'>year</span> <span m='137670'>after</span> <span m='137940'>college</span> <span m='138260'>before</span> <span m='138580'>I</span> <span m='138610'>went</span> <span m='138760'>to</span> <span m='138860'>law</span> <span m='139030'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='140530'>And I</span> <span m='140670'>was</span> <span m='140780'>lucky</span> <span m='140980'>enough</span> <span m='141150'>to</span> <span m='141250'>find</span> <span m='141620'>a</span> <span m='141680'>temporary</span> <span m='142030'>position</span> <span m='142570'>at</span> <span m='142790'>the</span> <span m='142910'>agency</span> <span m='143300'>where</span> <span m='143460'>I</span> <span m='143480'>work.</span> <span m='144380'>And</span> <span m='144800'>I</span> <span m='144890'>ended</span> <span m='145070'>up</span> <span m='145150'>being</span> <span m='145350'>promoted</span> <span m='145900'>multiple</span> <span m='146260'>times</span> <span m='146690'>from</span> <span m='146790'>a</span> <span m='146900'>temporary</span> <span m='147340'>position</span> <span m='147870'>to</span> <span m='148180'>senior</span> <span m='148510'>paralegal.</span> <span m='150630'>I</span> <span m='150740'>ended</span> <span m='150890'>up</span> <span m='150980'>putting</span> <span m='151240'>off</span> <span m='151540'>my</span> <span m='151670'>plans</span> <span m='152030'>for</span> <span m='152140'>law</span> <span m='152330'>school</span> <span m='152540'>because</span> <span m='152800'>I</span> <span m='152860'>enjoyed</span> <span m='153160'>the</span> <span m='153240'>work</span> <span m='153440'>so</span> <span m='153550'>much.</span> <span m='154340'>And</span> <span m='154760'>I've</span> <span m='154870'>been</span> <span m='155090'>there</span> <span m='155260'>for</span> <span m='155400'>about</span> <span m='155690'>five</span> <span m='155940'>years</span> <span m='156230'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='157150'>What</span> <span m='157290'>I</span> <span m='157340'>wish</span> <span m='157600'>I</span> <span m='157650'>knew</span> <span m='157810'>in</span> <span m='157900'>high</span> <span m='158070'>school.</span> <span m='159210'>I</span> <span m='159360'>think</span> <span m='160300'>this</span> <span m='160580'>would</span> <span m='160700'>be</span> <span m='160830'>a</span> <span m='160880'>piece</span> <span m='161080'>of</span> <span m='161140'>advice</span> <span m='161460'>that was</span> <span m='161690'>given</span> <span m='161930'>to</span> <span m='162040'>me</span> <span m='162230'>that</span> <span m='162380'>I</span> <span m='162460'>kind of</span> <span m='162840'>followed,</span> <span m='163220'>but</span> <span m='163510'>maybe</span> <span m='163720'>didn't</span> <span m='163960'>follow</span> <span m='164250'>it</span> <span m='164370'>to</span> <span m='164790'>the</span> <span m='165520'>best</span> <span m='165770'>of</span> <span m='165830'>my</span> <span m='165990'>ability</span> <span m='166540'>is</span> <span m='166790'>to</span> <span m='167170'>try</span> <span m='167660'>as</span> <span m='167800'>many</span> <span m='168040'>different</span> <span m='168320'>things</span> <span m='168570'>as you</span> <span m='168750'>can.</span> <span m='169520'>When</span> <span m='169830'>I</span> <span m='169910'>was</span> <span m='170060'>in</span> <span m='170140'>high</span> <span m='170340'>school</span> <span m='170920'>I</span> <span m='171210'>was</span> <span m='171420'>very</span> <span m='171640'>into</span> <span m='171790'>science</span> <span m='172270'>and</span> <span m='172400'>I always</span> <span m='172600'>thought</span> <span m='172750'>I</span> <span m='172790'>would</span> <span m='172940'>go</span> <span m='173080'>the</span> <span m='173180'>science</span> <span m='173590'>route.</span> <span m='175100'>So</span> <span m='175560'>I</span> <span m='175680'>took</span> <span m='176230'>all</span> <span m='176470'>the</span> <span m='176550'>other</span> <span m='176670'>courses</span> <span m='177040'>of</span> <span m='177130'>course,</span> <span m='177500'>but</span> <span m='177660'>my</span> <span m='178090'>AP</span> <span m='178450'>courses,</span> <span m='178715'>my</span> <span m='178980'>advanced</span> <span m='179280'>placement</span> <span m='179580'>courses</span> <span m='179910'>were all in</span> <span m='180270'>science.</span> </p><p><span m='180750'>So I</span> <span m='180860'>skipped</span> <span m='181650'>AP</span> <span m='181900'>history.</span> <span m='182800'>I</span> <span m='182930'>skipped</span> <span m='183600'>the</span> <span m='183720'>government</span> <span m='184090'>classes.</span> <span m='186270'>And</span> <span m='186880'>I</span> <span m='187040'>ended</span> <span m='187260'>up</span> <span m='187500'>in</span> <span m='188230'>the</span> <span m='188890'>legal</span> <span m='189120'>field</span> <span m='189530'>and</span> <span m='189810'>ended</span> <span m='190040'>up</span> <span m='190150'>in</span> <span m='190240'>college</span> <span m='190610'>studying</span> <span m='191320'>politics.</span> </p><p><span m='192330'>So</span> <span m='193810'>I</span> <span m='193950'>had</span> <span m='194180'>a</span> <span m='194230'>diverse</span> <span m='194620'>background</span> <span m='195070'>in</span> <span m='195170'>science,</span> <span m='195630'>but</span> <span m='195770'>I</span> <span m='195880'>also</span> <span m='196650'>missed</span> <span m='197130'>the</span> <span m='197200'>background</span> <span m='197610'>in</span> <span m='197710'>what</span> <span m='197860'>I</span> <span m='198010'>ended</span> <span m='198270'>up</span> <span m='198430'>in.</span> <span m='199360'>So</span> <span m='200270'>you</span> <span m='200530'>don't</span> <span m='200680'>have</span> <span m='200770'>to</span> <span m='200870'>know</span> <span m='201000'>what</span> <span m='201130'>you</span> <span m='201220'>want</span> <span m='201380'>to</span> <span m='201430'>do</span> <span m='202090'>in</span> <span m='202320'>high</span> <span m='202490'>school,</span> <span m='203010'>but</span> <span m='203220'>if</span> <span m='203380'>you</span> <span m='203550'>can</span> <span m='203840'>try</span> <span m='204190'>a</span> <span m='204270'>lot</span> <span m='204500'>of</span> <span m='204670'>different</span> <span m='205000'>things,</span> <span m='205410'>you'll</span> <span m='205530'>have a</span> <span m='205580'>better</span> <span m='205930'>sense</span> <span m='206685'>of</span> <span m='207100'>what</span> <span m='207290'>you</span> <span m='207370'>might</span> <span m='207560'>want</span> <span m='207780'>to do</span> <span m='208040'>in the future.</span> <span m='208380'>And</span> <span m='208530'>people</span> <span m='208730'>change,</span> <span m='209080'>of</span> <span m='209830'>course,</span> <span m='210390'>but</span> <span m='211930'>you're</span> <span m='212080'>never</span> <span m='212330'>going to know</span> <span m='212530'>if</span> <span m='212600'>you</span> <span m='212700'>like</span> <span m='212890'>something</span> <span m='213230'>if</span> <span m='213310'>you</span> <span m='213380'>don't</span> <span m='213520'>try</span> <span m='213750'>it.</span> <span m='213980'>So</span> <span m='214220'>try</span> <span m='214480'>as many</span> <span m='214790'>things</span> <span m='215050'>as you</span> <span m='215250'>can</span> <span m='215530'>now,</span> <span m='216250'>and</span> <span m='216550'>you'll</span> <span m='216640'>find</span> <span m='217000'>things</span> <span m='217220'>you</span> <span m='217340'>like</span> <span m='218040'>and</span> <span m='218670'>maybe</span> <span m='218970'>you'll</span> <span m='219160'>change</span> <span m='219620'>your</span> <span m='220360'>study</span> <span m='220700'>pack,</span> <span m='220950'>your</span> <span m='221110'>career</span> <span m='221310'>path</span> <span m='221510'>later</span> <span m='221750'>on,</span> <span m='222010'>but</span> <span m='222180'>you'll</span> <span m='222320'>have</span> <span m='222510'>that</span> <span m='222730'>background</span> <span m='223030'>that</span> <span m='223330'>can</span> <span m='223630'>help you</span> <span m='223930'>out in</span> <span m='224230'>the</span> <span m='224530'>future.</span> </p>","file":{"id":391145,"video_id":"3473863225001","name":"2513-Rick-Paralegal1","duration":225141,"thumbnail_url":null}});