Lawyer By: Jennifer Hudson

  • Nature of Work
  • Lawyers, also called attorneys, act as both advocates and advisors.
  • As advocates, they represent one of the parties in criminal or civil trials by presenting evidence and arguing in support of their client.
  • As advisors, lawyers counsel their clients about their legal rights and obligations and suggest courses of action in business and personal matters. All attorneys research the intent of laws and judicial decisions and apply the laws to the specific circumstances that their clients face.
  • Training, Qualifications and Advancement
  • A bachelor’s degree is required for entry into most law schools, and courses in English, public speaking, government, history, economics, and mathematics are useful.
  • After gaining a few years of work experience, some lawyers go into practice for themselves or move to the legal department of a large corporation. Very few in-house attorneys are hired directly out of law school.
  • A small number of experienced lawyers are nominated or elected to judgeships. Other lawyers may become full-time law school faculty and administrators. For more information about judges and law school faculty, see the profile on judges and hearing officers and the profile on postsecondary teachers.
  • Employment
  • You have to have to take a bar exam to get your licenses.
  • Job Outlook
  • Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for legal work is expected to continue as individuals, businesses, and all levels of government require legal services in many areas.
  • Projections Data
  • Texas, 41,000 employment
  • Earnings
  • The median annual Attorney I salary is $88,877, as of February 22, 2017, with a range usually between $77,203-$102,089, however this can vary widely depending on a variety of factors.
  • Related Occupations
  • Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
  • Judges and Hearing Officers
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  • Postsecondary Teachers


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