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    Quote Originally Posted by DiamondEyes View Post
    I would assume criminal lawyers would need to be like drs and cops, able to detach and not let their emotions get caught up in it?
    When you've been instructed to act for somebody, your instinct is to do the best possible job and be successful. Lawyers are normally competitive people with egos, and like winning, so that drives them, lol. So it wouldn't affect the quality of the job you did, but I think it could still upset you personally.

    For example, we once had a client who had been convicted of a sexual offence against a child, and wanted access to his biological child. His attitude was poor and he lacked remorse. I found that very troubling, and it reduced me to tears at home thinking about it and left a "yucky" feeling, but that would not be evident to the client. Another reason I don't do family law either.

    But, yeah, I imagine experienced criminal lawyers do detach to some extent and just get on with doing a good job.

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    Definitely. And if that's the area I end up working in, I'll sleep perfectly well no matter who my clients might be.

    A lawyer isn't just defending a client. He's also defending a system that says that no one gets his freedom taken away unless the charges against him are tested in a fair hearing. That hearing can't be fair if the state is represented by experienced lawyers with detailed knowledge of the law and the process and the defendant is left to fend for himself.

    Everyone deserves a sound defence. The people that provide it are doing a decent, noble thing and are the very people that make sure that the rest of us have access to our basic human rights.

    It would be a sad day if people were judged in a lawyer's office, rather than in an open court.

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    Personally no I couldn't, especially after hearing some of the stories DP comes home with. But the people who do it (my next door neighbour is a defence solicitor) I commend, as I couldn't.

    I am way to biased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiamondEyes View Post
    and defend people who have hurt people?



    Im watching dexter, thats where this has come from lol
    No, I could never defend people who did bad things to others.

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    Yes. I was studying law with the intention of being a criminal lawyer while working as a law clerk in a specialist criminal law firm. I loved that job so very much and hope to go back to it one day.

    I've seen it all - from the pettiest of thefts to the most grotesque of murders - and yes, you must detach yourself from what the client has allegedly done in order to represent them. It doesn't mean I felt empathy for them and it doesn't mean I liked them, but our system is one that allows everyone the right to a fair trial and legal representation.

    It was a very satisfying job in most cases.
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    I could've been a good research lawyer - finding the technicality to get someone off that we all know is really guilty. I wouldn't be the attorney standing in front of the courtroom, but the one in the office that comes up with all the precedents and permutations needed.

    For me it would be mostly an intellectual exercise and I would be mostly detached from the client. There is also the sense of fairness for ensuring things are done right - such as getting evidence thrown out because the authorities violated private rights in collecting them.

    Though corporate law would likely be more suited to my strengths, I really don't think I could stomache helping big business rort the system. So I guess that is a double standard in my ethics.
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    I was studying Law and found it so deadsh!t boring. Now I work for them and still find it deadsh!t boring...no idea how anyone can do that job to begin with lol. I think it takes a very determined person to stick with it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiamondEyes View Post
    and defend people who have hurt people?



    Im watching dexter, thats where this has come from lol
    I could defend dexter

    I could do it. Everyone deserves a chance to prove their innocence even if they are guilty, I would prob go home and get upset tho if I won and I no for a fact the person did hurt someone tho

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    if you asked me that 2 years ago or even last year I would have said no, now 2 years into my law degree that is exactly what im planning to do

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    I was a criminal lawyer for a few years a long time ago, and I also did family law.

    Trust me after 2 years defending dead beat parents and seeing the effect it had a kids give me a criminal any day of the week. And yes you do detatch, but I was a projects lawyer for 15 years and saw some pretty horrendous things done by large corporations. I think in any area of law a certain degree of detachment is required, same as if I worked in a children's ward in a hospital.

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