HOW TO BECOME A LAWYER by: jc canales

Nature of Work

Advise and represent clients in courts, before government agencies, and in private legal matters. Communicate with their clients, colleagues, judges and others involved in the case. Conduct research and analysis of legal problems. Interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals and businesses. Present facts in writing and verbally to their clients or others and argue on behalf of their clients. Prepare and file legal documents, such as lawsuits, appeals, wills, contracts, and deeds.

Training, Qualifications and Advancement

Becoming a lawyer usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school—4 years of undergraduate study, followed by 3 years of law school. Most states and jurisdictions require lawyers to complete a juries doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Prospective lawyers take licensing exams called "bar exams." When a lawyer receives their license to practice law, they are "admitted to the bar." To practice law in any state, a person must be admitted to the state’s bar under rules established by the jurisdiction’s highest court. The requirements vary by individual states and jurisdictions. 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.

Earnings

The median annual wage for lawyers was $115,820 in May 2015. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $55,870, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $187,200.

Employment

A lawyer is a person whose job is to make sure justice is served. Their job is to defend a person properly in a court of law. They need to know the law and protect whoever they need to protect.

Job Outlook

There are about 1,870 jobs available every year in the State of Texas. There isn’t a big of a demand for lawyers here unlike other states.

Projections Data

From now to 2024 there are projected to be 63,520 new lawyers in Texas and from now to 2018 there are projected to be 52,820 new lawyers.

Job Outlook

There are about 1,870 jobs available every year in the State of Texas. There isn’t a big of a demand for lawyers here unlike other states.

Related Occupations

• Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

• Judges and Hearing Officers

• Paralegals and Legal Assistants

• Postsecondary Teachers

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