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What Is a Forensic Lawyer?

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Forensic science has taken law enforcement to a whole new level, helping to solve cases that were previously unsolvable or cases that took decades to solve. Forensic law has given attorneys the advantage of this invaluable tool.

Definition of Forensic law

Forensic law is the practice of lawyers using forensic science to apply the methods and techniques used in any basic science to legal matters.

Educational Journey

The educational journey of a forensic attorney usually begins with a degree in criminal justice and a concentration or emphasis in forensics, followed by a law degree. As a result, the title "forensic attorney" is not usually used.

Responsibilities of Forensic Attorney

A forensic attorney is not only an expert at law, but is also an expert in forensic science. His forensic training and background in chemistry and other sciences enable him to analyze physical evidence obtained from crime scenes,individuals, files and office equipment which he uses to enhance the legal process.

Certification

Forensic experts should be certified in their particular field. For example, a forensic analyst has a Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) as a Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA).

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Colleges, including Southern Oregon University, offer a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology or criminal justice with an emphasis in forensics.

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About the Author

Martha Richardson began her journalism career as a newspaper reporter in 1992. She has written articles for the Printmaking Council of New Jersey and featured community organizations on "Access New Jersey." Richardson has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. She graduated from Rutgers University in 1994.