The 25-year-old is considering a future in the criminal justice system

By Lesley Messer
July 16, 2011 03:00 PM
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After being acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, Casey Anthony is making plans for her future – and according to one of her lawyers, that may include a career in law.

“She’s been exposed to the criminal justice system and I think that might be a pursuit of hers,” attorney Ann Finnell says in this week’s PEOPLE. “Whether it’s a paralegal or an advocate for social justice issues, I don’t know.”

For the past three years, Anthony, 25, has been behind bars while the case against her went to trial, and during that time, says Finnell, she was “in limbo.” Anthony will leave jail Sunday.

“She couldn’t plan on anything,” says the Florida attorney, who was going to participate in the penalty phase of the trial had Anthony been convicted. “Now she can start directing her own course.”

Another possible career for Anthony? Something involving photography.

“She has always had a passion for that and hopefully she’ll continue with it, because she has an obvious knack for it,” says Finnell. “Those two things – she’s thinking about now but who knows what the future’s going to bring.”

For more on Casey Anthony’s future, pick up this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands now