The Line Rapist (dien) wrote in little_details,
The Line Rapist

FBI agent requirements-- lawyers?

Hey gang. Long time lurker, first time poster, and as usual I wish to praise the gods who first invented this community. ;)

Onto my question! Those of you who have read the novel Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris may (or may not) recall a line Lecter says to Starling near the beginning of their chats, something along the lines of "You're not a laywer, though-- ah yes, but the FBI doesn't require that of their agents anymore, does it?" (Rough paraphrase, I'm working from memory.)

What I'm looking for is -- well, first of all, whether this is something Thomas Harris invented or not (though I doubt it). If it is factual, does anybody know when the FBI stopped requiring a law degree from its agents? Not for a SotL fic, but another FBI-related thing.

Anyways, I've googled and sech, but it's a tricky thing to search for, so I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask.
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