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@Kiarra Jenkins Would you please clarify what you mean by "working in law"? To clarify, I do not have a law degree, but I work in the U.S. Senate on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. I draft legislation and have authored bills that have been signed into law by the President; additionally, I work with many attorneys and am engaged to a senior associate at a firm, so I have a wide perspective. With that said, most lawyers on Committee wouldn't consider our work "legal" work. Typically that's reserved for those working cases and going to trial. So, if you would please clarify "working in law" I'll be happy to better answer your question. Thank you.
@Jenna Logan I do. A former professor of mine that worked at the FDLE's Fusion Center (Florida Department of Law Enforcement). Message me directly with your e-mail and I'll put you in contact with her.
@Michael D. Perkins You mentioned from the writing laws perspective and the law firm perspective. I am someone who wants to go into Criminal Psychology and Behavioral Analysis of Criminals. Do you know someone in that field as well that could give that perspective?
@Michael D. Perkins what is the most rewarding part of working in law? In relation to working in a firm or in politics.
From the law related part, it really depends on where you go with your degree. If you go to a firm, the most stressful part is making your billable hours and constantly being on call. If you go into politics and writing laws, the most stressful part is working with stakeholders to put something together to pass both chambers and get it signed by the President of the United States. Most bills are months or years in the making if they are done well. But as @Raven Peters said, it is definitely worth it when you see something you wrote signed into law and helping people like it was intended.
What is the most stressful part of being a figure in criminology, criminal justice, and or any law related major career?
Personally, I would say the most stressful aspect of this career (speaking from a law perspective) is the dependence your clients have on you. There is a lot of pressure to perform well and advocate for your clients. Its especially more stressful the more high stakes the case. However, it is definitely worth it, in my opinion!