FBI careers

FBI Careers

FBI agents have the difficult job of conducting national security investigations that can be extremely sensitive. In addition, the job as an FBI agent requires an individual to enforce more than 300 federal statutes. Some matters that an FBI agent may work on include cyber crime, foreign counterintelligence, terrorism, white collar crime, organized crime, civil rights violations, public corruption, bank robberies, kidnapping, air piracy, drug trafficking, as well as other violations of federal law. FBI Requirements There is a specific (…)

Doctor of Laws (J.S.D./S.J.D.)

Doctor of Laws (J.S.D./S.J.D.)

After graduating with a Juris Doctor a person is eligible for practicing law in the particular state where they pass their bar examination. A person may then go on to specialize in a specific area of the law and study for a Master of Laws degree. For those individuals that prefer to work in academia or in other types of work that has an emphasis in legal scholarship, the Doctor of Laws is the next step. A Doctor of Laws (…)

Intellectual Property Lawyer

Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property law is the area of law that deals with legal rights to creative works and inventions. It controls who gets to use creations including new products, artistic works and designs. The purpose of intellectual property law is to allow the people who create and invent things to profit from their work. Lawmakers believe that it’s fair for creators to profit from their own work product. Types of intellectual property law Intellectual property laws concern the ideas people have and the (…)

Become a Probation Officer

Probation Officer

A probation officer has the responsibility of supervising the activities of individuals that have been convicted of crimes and released on probation. A probation officer is very similar to a parole officer in that both types of law enforcement deal with convicts, but probation officers primarily deal with convicts of lesser crimes who have not been recently discharged from state or federal prison. Probation officers work with local, state, and federal prison systems. When a convict is released from state (…)

Personal Injury Law

Personal Injury Law

Personal injury law is the body of civil law that allows individuals to bring a legal claim when they’re hurt because of the wrongful actions of someone else. The purpose of personal injury law is to require the people who are responsible for an accident to pay for the damages that they cause. Personal injury law aims to use money in order to compensate victims when they’re hurt because of another person’s negligent or intentional act. Personal injury law is (…)

Public Health Law

Public Health Law

Law plays an important role in the public health care system. A public health official has many responsibilities and legal rights when protecting and promoting their community’s health. There are three areas associated with public health law, law of populations, prevention of disease and injury, and police power. Public health law is a field that focuses legal practice, scholarship and advocacy on issues involving the government’s legal authorities and duties “to ensure the conditions for people to be healthy,” and (…)

parole officer careers

Parole Officer

While parole officers and probation officers are often discussed together, these two jobs are not identical. A parole officer works with a person that has been released from a state or a federal prison. A prisoner may be released on parole, but the individual is still not completely free of supervision and the release has strict conditions. Parole can be revoked for almost any type of infraction. The role of a parole officer is to help an individual that has been incarcerated (…)

Copyright Law

Copyright law

Copyright law is the area of law that protects the right of authors, artists and creators to profit from their work. The purpose of copyright law is to encourage people to make creative works. Lawmakers believe that people are more likely to invest the time and effort to make creative, artistic works if they know they’re going to have the exclusive right to profit from those works. What’s protected under copyright law Copyright laws protect the rights of the people (…)

Cultural Property Law

Cultural Property Law

Cultural property law is the body of law that relates to protecting the buildings, artifacts and other items that are significant to a people and culture. Cultural property is the collection of unique real and personal property that’s important to a culture. The field of cultural property law seeks to protect cultural items that are important to a society or group. Cultural property may include any of the following: Ancient buildings Cultural buildings like museums and performing arts centers Significant (…)

Environmental Lawyer

Environmental Law

Environmental law is the collection of laws, regulations, agreements and common law that governs how humans interact with their environment. The purpose of environmental law is to protect the environment and create rules for how people can use natural resources. Environmental laws not only aim to protect the environment from harm, but they also determine who can use natural resources and on what terms. Laws may regulate pollution, the use of natural resources, forest protection, mineral harvesting and animal and (…)

Health and Safety Lawyer

Health and Safety Law

The purpose of health and safety laws is to protect the welfare, health, and safety of the public in general. Some sections of the population such as employees are protected under the health and safety laws that have been put in place. Typically, a civil law system is in place that will cover most health and safety laws. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 says that employers are responsible for making sure that all their employees are safe (…)

civil rights lawyer

Civil Rights Law

Civil rights law is the area of law that gives people in society the right to be free from certain types of discrimination. It’s the area of law that gives people the right to equal and fair treatment in society. Civil rights law creates protected classes of people. It gives people in these classes the protection of the law when others try to discriminate against them based on the class characteristic. What are civil rights laws? Civil rights laws are (…)

Poverty Law

Poverty Law

Poverty law is the practice of law as it intersects with the less privileged in society. The practice of poverty law concerns itself with making sure that poor people and the disadvantaged are treated fairly under the law. Poverty law isn’t always representing clients in court. It might include analysis of issues that impact the poor. It also might include advocacy for changes in laws and policies. Poverty law is a broad term that includes many different government entities, private businesses, groups (…)

detective and criminal investigators

Becoming Detective

A detective and a criminal investigator, who are often called special agents or agents, have the job of collecting evidence and gathering facts of possible crimes. The duties of a detective will depend on the type and size of the organization that they work for. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 109,960 active detectives and criminal investigators working in the US with an average salary of $79,030. Typical Duties of Detectives The typical duties of a (…)

Communications Law

Communications Law

Communications law is the practice of law that relates to the exchange of information using technology. It’s any law that involves the regulation and use of electronic telecommunication. Communication law includes technologies like radio, television, cable and broadband internet. It involves the creation of rules and policies that govern use of these technologies. Communication regulations govern both public and private communications. Lawmakers create these regulations with the goal of making communication technologies accessible to all Americans at a reasonable price. (…)

Product Liability Law

Product Liability Law

Product liability law is a type of personal injury law that gives victims a legal cause of action when they’re hurt because of a dangerous product. People and corporations who make products must make products that are safe. Products liability is the area of law that governs what manufacturers must do to protect public safety and what rights victims have if they’re hurt because of a defective product. Product liability law is also called products liability law. Product liability law (…)

law clerk jobs

Law Clerk

A law clerk will help lawyers and judges in law firms, courts, and other types of legal settings. In order to become a law clerk there is some training required. The legal field is extremely complex and changes consistently. In order to keep up with these changes a team of legal professionals is necessary.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 41,550 law clerks employed throughout the United States. Job Description of a Law Clerk A law (…)

What is a Chief Legal Officer?

What is a Chief Legal Officer?

Chief legal officers (or general counsels) are chief lawyers and have the responsibility of overseeing every legal aspect of a business or law firm. As the head lawyer, they are paid a premium salary which according to the Bureu of Labor Statistics (BLS) can be as high as $187,199 (90th percentile in 2013) or more depending on the industry.   The majority of the time a chief legal officer will advise the business when changes are made to the laws and (…)

Biotechnology Law

Biotechnology Law

Biotechnology law is the broad name for the area of law practice that encompasses biotechnology. It is a relatively new field of legal practice as it has only been around since about 1970. Lawyers that practice in this area often will be involved in a biotechnology project from the beginning, throughout the development process, marketing, and bringing the idea to fruition. Biotechnology law includes several aspects such as contract, tax, real property, corporation, and intellectual property. Biotechnology is technology that relates (…)

Statutory Law

Statutory Law

Statutory law is law that’s written by a legislative body. It’s law that a government deliberately creates through elected legislators and an official legislative process. It’s up to the judiciary to interpret and enforce statutory law, but the judiciary can’t create statutory law. Laws created by statute are often codified. That means they’re all put together in one place and given numbers for reference. For example, the United States Code is the indexed collection of U.S. law. States have their own collections of statutes (…)