Four types of attorney you might end up assisting

  • Legal Assistant
  • March 12, 2024
  • 3 min read

Working as a legal assistant gives you access to a huge range of potential workplaces and the ability to work on cases all across the legal spectrum. So, if you’re curious about what types of legal cases you could be focused on while working as a legal assistant, here are four of the more common examples.

A Criminal Defense Attorney

Normally the first thing to spring to mind when people think ‘lawyer’ criminal defense attorneys specialize in the defense of individuals and companies charged with criminal activity. 

There are generally two types of criminal defense attorneys. The first is privately retained and may be part of a private legal firm. 

The other is employed by various jurisdictions with criminal courts to represent those without the fund to access private legal counsel and are generally referred to as public defenders. 

A Constitutional Law Attorney

While many countries across the world have a constitution as the basis for their laws, few have one as unchanged as that of the United States. 

This means that, when the United States Constitution, which largely outlines the power of the United States government, needs to be consulted, there tends to be some interpretation required.

Constitutional Law Attorneys essentially attempt to interpret and apply the Constitution, which was originally drafted in 1787, to modern-day cases on civil rights and public policy.

An Intellectual Property Attorney

The need for intellectual property lawyers has risen in recent years because of the rising scale of social media. The field itself covers claims to intangible creations of the human intellect, with the most common being copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets.

Copyright cases are the most common, which is why many large media corporations retain in-house intellectual property lawyers.

A Contract Attorney

Since a contract attorney’s field of expertise extends to any agreement between two parties, they are always in high demand. 

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While the general view of a contract attorney focuses on large companies arguing about the details of contractual negotiations, contract law also governs much more tangible everyday issues, like wages, worker benefits, and healthcare.

Choosing Your New Career Path

Gaining a qualification from our Criminal Justice School puts you in an excellent position to access a variety of employment opportunities as you look for one that suits your skills and interests. 


At Northwest Career College, our Criminal Justice instructors include licensed, practicing attorneys and degree instructors able to teach, not only the law but also to guide our students in the many ways a criminal justice graduate integrates into a Las Vegas legal profession.


As part of our Criminal Justice Program, you’ll visit courts, jails, meditation centers, and more to experience first-hand the law in action, which will make your criminal justice training applicable to the Las Vegas legal system. 


Northwest offers a flexible blended program with all criminal justice classes Las Vegas law classes taught on campus by an attorney and general education courses offered online. Our experienced instructors are on-campus to review and support your learning experience at all times. 


Call us at (702) 403-1592 to speak to one of our enrollment team about joining our Criminal Justice Program today!


Cassidy Wagner
Dean Of Administrative Programs

A graduate of Coronado High School and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies, Cassidy found her passion in college. Having worked as a paralegal in a law firm for…Read Full Bio

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