lawyer OCCUPATION Lisett Salazar

Nature of Work

Lawyers act as both advocates and advisers. They represent one of the parties and counsel their clients about their rights. Lawyers have different titles and different duties, depending on where they work. There are different types of lawyers such as; Environmental lawyers, tax lawyers, intellectual property lawyers, Family, security and litigation lawyers.

Training, Qualification and Advancements

Becoming a lawyer usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school followed by 3 years of law school. Most states and jurisdictions require lawyers to complete a juries doctor degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. A bachelor’s degree is required for entry into most law schools, and courses in English, public speaking, government, history, economics, and mathematics.

Newly hired attorneys usually start as associates and work with more experienced lawyers. After several years, some lawyers may be admitted to partnership of their firm, which means they become partial owners of the firm. After a few years of work experience, some lawyers go independent and practice for themselves or move to the legal department of a large corporation and few in-house attorneys are hired directly out of law school.


Most lawyers work full time, more than 40 hours in an office and they might travel to attend meetings or meet with clients in other locations.

job outlook

Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014-2024, Competition for jobs is continue to be strong more and more students are graduating from law school each year than there are jobs available.

Projections Data

6 percent of employment. 778,700 in 2014 and 822,500 in 2024


The lowest 10 percent earned $55,870 and the highest 10 percent earned $187,200.

Related Occupations

  • Arbitrators, meditators and conciliators
  • judges and hearing officers
  • paralegals and legal assistants
  • postsecondary teachers


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