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Do you like the sound of a career as a bailiff? If you'd like to know what it would really be like, take some steps on your own to explore the career and get some inside information. Any contact you can have with law enforcement officers will be a big plus. Contact your local police station and request a tour of the facilities. Explain that you are considering a law enforcement career and ask if anyone would be willing to talk to you about typical police work. Sit in on some hearings or trials at your local courthouse and pay close attention to every move the bailiff makes. Try to spot his or her main duties. Try to arrange an interview either at the courthouse or over the phone to ask the questions you'll no doubt have after seeing the bailiff in action. Talk to your school counselor or political science teacher about arranging a "Students in Court" day in which you and your friends play the role of different officers of the court in a mock trial. Do some research and interview a bailiff or two before the mock trial. Check into volunteer programs; many courts allow high school students to volunteer in various ways. If a program doesn't exist, suggest creating one to your school counselor or principal.

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