Job Description of a Prosecutor

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A prosecutor is a lawyer who is responsible for seeing that lawbreakers are punished for their crimes. It is his job to convince a judge or jury that a person is guilty of committing a specific crime.

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Duties may vary with each government, but all prosecutors have essentially the same mission. A prosecutor performs legal research and prepares court documents and presents his case in court, says a job description for the Illinois State Attorney’s office.

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If she is a supervisor, a prosecutor will assist less experienced prosecutors with their cases. She may specialize in certain crimes.

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Prosecutors are employed at all levels of government, from city to federal; they also work for tribal governments. Depending on the form of government, chief prosecutors may be elected or appointed; assistants are hired.

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A lawyer needs a bachelor’s degree from a college, and then must attend four years of law school. She must pass a state bar exam before she can begin practicing.

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Starting salaries range from $25,000 to $50,000, says legalauthority.com; experienced prosecutors may make more than $100,000 annually.

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