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CJC 250 Notes Week 1

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CJC 250 Notes Week 1 CJC 250

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There are notes over two different books, as the professor uses two books to guide him throughout the course. The two books are: "Inside the Criminal Courts" by David R. Lynch (Second Edition) ...
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Hannah Notetaker on Monday January 18, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to CJC 250 at Ball State University taught by Staton in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 26 views. For similar materials see Intro to Courts/Judiciary in Criminal Justice at Ball State University.


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Date Created: 01/18/16
CJC 250 1/14/16 Inside Criminal Courts Ch 1: The Legal Education of Lawyers and Judges Scenario: Law school student, Wendy wants to become a public defender Her goal is related to experiences with her brother Getting Admitted to Law School  Four strata of law schools o Elite – to get in, applicant needs close to a 4.0 GPA and high LSAT scores o National o Regional o Commuter – applicant gets in with maybe 3.0 GPA, much lower LSAT scores than required for elite law schools  LSAT – Law School Aptitude Test  Legal profession has hierarchy related to law school hierarchy o Some jobs are only available to those who graduated from an elite law school  Ex: large firms serving major US corporations  Law school is 3 grueling years of work  Lawyer gut: too many lawyers in the US chasing too few jobs and too few clients  Wendy got into an elite law school with a 90 percentile LSAT and high undergraduate GPA o Helped that she wanted to study criminal law o Her law school had debt forgiveness for students who graduate and go into low-paying public interest law Law School Curriculum  Case method of instruction is used by virtually all US law schools  Socratic method is the standard classroom discussion method utilized in law schools  Law school provides legal education – teaching theories and philosophies of law o But not legal training, the teaching of practical skills needed to practice law Dampening of Idealism  Occurs for a lot of law students aspiring for a career serving the public interest o Most students end up changing their minds during their 3 years  Stratification of the legal profession: o Highest stratum – partners in large national firms representing wealthy corporate clients o 2 ndhighest – associations at large law firms, certain elite government lawyers o 3 stratum – bottom 90% of lawyers  Usually represent individuals rather than institutions  Most make a fraction of what elite lawyers make


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