Considering a Lawyer job? The overview below is designed to tell you more about the field, including the types of jobs available, skills required, typical salary range, and current industry trends.

Lawyers are arbitrators for our legal system. They advise and defend based on laws set by governing bodies. Lawyers represent individuals, the government, organizations and businesses, ensuring their clients are both protected within and are in compliance with the law.

While there are many types of lawyers and specializations, some of the most common are:

  • Prosecutors. Prosecutors represent the people on behalf of the government in matters of criminality.
  • Divorce or family lawyers. Divorce, separations, prenuptial agreements and custody matters all fall under the purview of the divorce lawyer.
  • Tax lawyers. These attorneys help their clients navigate the constantly evolving and complex tax laws.
  • Intellectual property lawyers. These lawyers are commissioned to safeguard their clients in everything from publishing rights to patents.
  • Litigation lawyers. These are lawyers involved in personal and civil matters. They handle malpractice, wrongful death, auto accidents, etc.
  • Defense attorneys. People and organizations hire these lawyers to defend them when they have been charged with a crime.

Anyone interested in the law should prepare for a long, focused journey. It can take up to seven years of higher learning, including three or more years of law school, before taking and passing the bar. Competition for law schools can be immense so it's imperative the undergraduate put all their energy into getting an impressive GPA. Licensing requirements will vary state to state and practicing in more than one region will require passing the bar in each.

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