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Education and Training Requirements

High School

If you plan to become a criminal lawyer, take classes such as government, history, psychology, computer science, sociology, and social studies. Speech and English (especially writing) courses will also be especially useful because criminal lawyers must be excellent communicators. A foreign language will come in handy if you work with clients who do not speak English as a first language, although court systems provide interpretation services to defendants and plaintiffs.

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