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Lawyers provide all sorts of legal advice to businesses and individuals. The job can be quite rigorous, with some heavy pressure during trials. Yet it is also very intellectually challenging and rewarding at the same time. Have you thought of a career in this field?
Read on to get more information about the profession.
What are some job responsibilities of a lawyer?
Lawyers, also called attorneys, provide legal advice to their clients. Besides this, they also gather evidence, prepare case briefs, analyze and interpret laws and regulations, and represent clients in courts and legal matters. This is their role as an advocate.
A lot of research and detailed studying of regulations and legal precedents is involved to suggest the best course of action for clients’ business and personal matters – this being the advisory role of lawyers.
What will I have to do to become a lawyer?
Firstly, one has to complete four years at an undergraduate school in any subject, though English, History, Government, Economics, may be more useful.
The next three years have to be spent at law school, usually spent earning the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). You will have to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) to get into an accredited law school.
Finally, you’ll have to pass a written bar exam for the state where you plan to work to become a licensed lawyer.
What does being ‘admitted to the bar’ mean?
This means one has become a licensed lawyer.
What are some specialties I can take up?
You can become a criminal lawyer, a defense attorney, family lawyer, litigation lawyer, corporate or government counsel, environment lawyer, securities lawyer and tax lawyer in addition to many other fields too.
Will I make a six-figure salary?
Yes! In May 2011 The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates an annual median pay of $130,490 for this occupation.
And what is the job outlook like?
Competition for jobs in this occupation is becoming tougher thanks to more and more law students graduating every year. With more than 73,000 jobs expected to be added in this profession between 2010 and 2020, the job growth outlook comes to 10 percent, which is as fast as the average for all other occupations.
Now that you know so much about what is involved in becoming a lawyer, will you like to become one?