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Human Rights Lawyers

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Human rights lawyers generally deal with litigation associated with torture and abuse. As their name suggests, they deal with all litigation associated with violation of human rights. Most people who pursue this career path have a passion for protecting people’s civil rights.

Becoming a human rights lawyer
To be a human rights law, you first need to complete an undergraduate degree in law. Pursuing courses in human rights history, gender injustice and immigration law is an added advantage. However, there is no undergraduate degree offered that is called human rights law.

You will just have to become a lawyer then specialize in human rights cases. After graduating, experience in an established law firm can help gain experience. Participation in school law clinics, internships and being affiliated with human rights organizations also fosters exposure.

Pursuing a master’s degree in human rights can increase your employ-ability in this highly competitive field.

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Skills needed
To be successful in this career path you will need impeccable interviewing skills. This helps you during the interviewing of potential witnesses and victims. The ability to read emotions and gauge people’s reactions will be useful.

Communication skills will also be useful in dealing with clients and media outlets. Human rights lawyers also need to be thoroughly organized in order to be able to effectively manage their cases.

An analytic and creative mind is also an added advantage in this line of work. Perseverance is key as it takes time before someone makes a name for themselves in this industry.
Career prospects and salaries

This field is highly competitive because it has less job openings as compared to other branches of law. This is probably because organizations and law firms dealing with this field are few. It is however lucrative.

An entry level human rights lawyer can earn up to $50,000 per year. This value can shoot up to $90.000 or more upon experience. Though it is tough to break through the competition, it is highly rewarding.

Other possibilities
People who pursue this path are considered to have a deep desire to serve and derive enjoyment from protecting others. If one has a passion in human rights but does not have a law degree, a position as a mediator, arbitrator or conciliator can prove just s rewarding.
At the end of the day, all human rights lawyers, mediators, arbitrators and conciliators simply serve as conflict resolver.

A Breakdown of the Bankruptcy Law

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Bankruptcy is basically a legal procedure, which allows debtors to reorganize and reduce their debts under the supervision of the bankruptcy court. Once you embark on this process, the automatic stay will protect you from creditors till you clear your personal liability and receive your discharge.

You are advised to file for bankruptcy if you are struggling to meet your financial obligations. You should similarly file for bankruptcy if you are faced with the possibility of having your property repossessed. Contrary to public belief, filing for bankruptcy doesn’t mean that you are broke. It is simply a strategy that helps you eliminate your debts by giving you additional time to pay up.

Automatic Stay and Bankruptcy Discharge

As soon as your bankruptcy claim is filed, an automatic stay will go into effect. This is a decree that shields you from creditors by preventing them from collecting their debts from you. The automatic stay similarly prohibits all forms of collection activities such as wage garnishments, creditor calls, and lawsuits.

Once the bankruptcy process is successfully completed, you will be discharged from your debts. The discharge completely wipes out your obligation to pay your debts and any personal liability that you might have. Nonetheless, you should keep in mind that not all types of debt are dischargeable through bankruptcy.

Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

You can either choose to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is specially designed to help clear general unsecured loans. More often than less, it lasts for three months. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is sometimes perceived to help speed up liquidation processes because a bankruptcy trustee appointed by the court is legally allowed to sell a debtor’s nonexempt assets. Even so, there are certain legal provisions that protect a certain portion of debtor’s property from liquidation.

Unlike Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Chapter 13 bankruptcy doesn’t allow the sale of debtors’ nonexempt property. Instead, it allows them to propose a payment plan in exchange of keeping their assets. Typically, such debt repayment plans last between three to five years. This explains why Chapter 13 bankruptcy is sometimes known as reorganization bankruptcy. In case you are behind on car loan or mortgage repayments, you should consider filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy so that you can reorganize your finances.

Alternative Ways to Resolve Your Disputes Without a Trial

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If you have a legal dispute, a trial can be one of the most expensive and time-consuming ways to resolve your case. Depending on your case, you may find that a trial may also lead to undesirable outcomes. However, there are a number of other methods available for those that want to stay out of court. In this article, we’ll take a look some of the most common methods to settle disputes without a trial.

Negotiation
Negotiation is perhaps the simplest of the alternatives to trial. Essential, those who are involved in a dispute (or their representative attorneys) communicate with one another to try to reach an agreement. The parties involved offer terms and conditions to satisfy the other party. If there is no agreement between the parties, other methods of resolving the dispute may be necessary to avoid a trial.

While it seems like a no-brainer, many people jump the gun and immediately assume the worst when dealing with unfavorable conditions. Instead, a level-headed approach to negotiation with reasonable expectations and willingness to compromise may actually resolve matters in a fair way.

Mediation
Mediation is the process of using a mediator (a neutral party) to help those on both ends of a dispute reach an agreement. Similar to negotiation, the mediator facilitates discussions and allows for both sides to realize the viewpoints of the other. Typically, this is done in confidentiality (something that a trial cannot guarantee). Because of the neutrality of the mediator, they cannot come to any conclusion nor decide the case in favor of one party over another. However, mediation can serve as a viable method where negotiation alone cannot.

Arbitration
Arbitration is similar to mediation, but with a few notable differences. First, an arbitrator reviews presentations from both sides, (including testimony from experts, witnesses, documents relating to the case, etc.) much in the way that a trial judge would. Second, the arbitrator makes a final decision concerning the details of the case.

This decision may be binding or non-binding. Binding decisions are final and cannot be challenged; non-binding decisions are not final and may be appealed if the decision isn’t felt to be satisfactory. This, however, leads to a trial, where the same of evidence and arguments must be presented again.

Should Prostitution Be Legal

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I have had this conversation with multiple people recently, and it created very interesting and heated debates. I have multiple feelings about this particular topic. However, to answer the overall question of this article, no, I do not think that prostitution should be legal.

When you look at it from a personal rights perspective, I can see why one would think that prostitution should be legal. If two consenting adults want to engage in the act of prostitution, why is that anyone’s business? I can definitely see the logic behind that point. That being said, it’s not the act of prostitution that is the issue, it is the results.

My issue with prostitution is the mental and physical side effects that it leaves. First of all, a lot of women who engage in prostitution started doing so before they were even legal adults. They were minors trying to make a living for themselves. It is illegal for grown men to have and solicit sex from minors. The mental and emotional side-effects can be daunting. A lot of them tend to grow up with a distorted view of the world and continue thinking that this is the best way for them to make money when times get rough. I am not judging anyone, I am just saying that allowing prostitution opens the doors for a lot of minors, a lot of runaways included, to enter that world at too young of an age.

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There is also the issue of diseases. This leads to the physical detriments of prostitution. Sexually transmitted diseases are an unfortunate consequence for many prostitutes. So many of their clients treat them like objects and disregard their health. And, sadly, a lot of prostitutes seem to disregard their own health. Prostitution does not promote safe sex. A lot of these women and men do not use protection and knowingly sleep with someone fully aware that they are carrying an STD. All of these STD’s are being passed around to innocent spouses, girlfriends and boyfriends, to other prostitutes and clients, etc.

I read an article that stated that aids could be decreased by half if prostitution were legal. Apparently, a lot of prostitutes do not practice safe sex because they are in a rush to avoid trouble with the law, and they do not want condoms to be used as evidence. The article also stated that prostitutes are reluctant to go to health clinics, because they do not get the proper care that they need due to the stigmatism of their nature of work. This article really opened my eyes to a different perspective. If decrease is true, I could why a lot of people support the idea of legalizing prostitution. That being said, I still feel as though prostitution should illegal. I believe that it will still cause the spread of STD’s, and I still think it is mentally and physically damaging.

At the end of the day, our bodies are our personal property, and it is our choice to decide what we do with them. However, if we see someone doing something damaging to their bodies (mind and body alike), I think it is our mission as people to help and to do something about it. A lot of the time, we are so blinded by our own needs and desires, that we need another perspective on our actions. It may be our bodies, but that doesn’t mean that we know everything that is right for them. What do you all think? Should prostitution be legalized? Leave a comment down below and share your thoughts.

5 Reasons to Hire a Divorce Attorney

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Divorce is messy, complicated, and expensive. If you or your soon-to-be ex-spouse have financial assets or children, your divorce may involve a legal and financial battle that can last for years. Most people find the process to be extremely confusing, emotional, and overwhelming, but an experienced divorce lawyer can help you make it out alive. Here are the top five reasons to hire a divorce attorney:

1. You don’t know how to complete the paperwork.
Divorce involves more paperwork than you could possibly imagine. If you accidentally omit or misrepresent something on the paperwork, the repercussions will be severe. An experienced family law attorney knows how to handle the paperwork correctly and persuasively, thus potentially avoiding disaster.

2. You’re an emotional wreck.
Divorce can be like an emotional roller-coaster. An objective attorney can help you see clearly and use logic, rather than emotions, to drive your decision-making process.

3. Your finances are a mess.
Divorce usually involves a detailed financial accounting to identify the parties’ assets and financial needs. The accounting requires careful review of bank statements, credit card statements, stocks, retirement plans, deeds, mortgages, car loans, student loans, childcare expenses, household bills, and more. An attorney can help organize and review these documents so your head isn’t left spinning.

4. You don’t know your options.
A divorce lawyer can survey your situation and recommend the best options for you. For example, an experienced attorney can help you identify a fair settlement demand or reasonable counteroffer. An experienced lawyer can also advise you about your chances of prevailing in court.

5. You are unfamiliar with the law.
If you’re considering representing yourself, understand that the judge will not make exceptions for you. The judge is going to hold you to the same standard as a lawyer. Failure to follow the rules will test the judge’s patience and potentially damage your case. A divorce attorney, however, has the courtroom experience and expertise to handle your case appropriately and effectively.

In sum, having a divorce attorney can significantly increase your chances of success and reduce your stress. For most people, a divorce attorney is an absolute necessity. If you are on the verge of a divorce, you should definitely consider hiring an attorney.

3 Reasons to Attend Part-Time Law School

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Many law schools offer part-time programs for students who want to continuing working while in school. These programs allow students to earn their degrees who would otherwise would have been unable to do so. Below are three reasons to take advantage of part-time law school.

1. Minimize Student Loans
It’s no secret that law school is expensive. The cost of tuition has skyrocketed, and textbooks have never been cheap. The more you take out in student loans to cover these expenses, the costlier your degree will be after interest.
Thankfully, part-time classes help you to minimize your student loans. Part-time class mean smaller tuition bills due over four years, instead of three – thus allowing you to pay more as you go. The more you can pay in school, the less loans you will ultimately need.

2. Gain Practical Work Experience
Many full-time law students graduate without any practical work experience. Those students are often disappointed to find that potential employers are looking for graduates that can hit the ground running.

Attending part-time classes will allow you gain invaluable work experience while in law school. Your practical experience will make you more attractive to potential employers upon graduation. Your experience will also give you interesting talking points for the interview process, which can help you land a job.

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3. Demonstrate Work Ethic and Maturity
While full-time law students were taking a full course load for the past three years, you were out there dealing with the real world. This will demonstrate to potential employers that you are a mature, hardworking adult who can handle whatever life throws at you.
This is perhaps the most appealing advantage from a potential employer’s perspective. All employers want attorneys who can multitask, prioritize, work independently, and handle stress. Your ability to graduate from law school while working will prove that you can handle the job.

The Decision to Attend Part-time Law School
Although there are many advantages to attending part-time law school, it’s not for everyone. Part-time law programs require a lot of dedication and hard work. If you decide that it’s right for you, just remember that all of your hard work will ultimately pay off.