A Career As A Lawyer
Career Goal- Lawyer
Career Skills and Interests
Have enterprising interests. They like work activities that involve starting up and carrying out projects, especially in business. They like to lead and persuade others, make decisions, and take risks for profit.Have investigative interests. They like work activities that have to do with ideas and thinking. They like to search for facts and figure out solutions to problems mentally. Lawyers need to communicate, Reason and Problem Solve, Manage Oneself. People, Time, and Things, Work with People, Perceive and Visualize.
Career Working Conditions
Interpersonal Relationships are often placed in conflict situations with clients or lawyers who are angry or unhappy. Communicate by telephone, e-mail, letters, memos, and in person on a daily basis. They may on occasion speak in front of groups. Have a medium to high level of social contact. They talk to clients, but also spend time alone researching and analyzing cases. Are responsible for the work done by other workers, including paralegals, clerks, and other lawyers they may supervise. Physical Work Conditions always work indoors. Work Performance must be exact in their work. Errors could cause delays or unfair rulings. Regularly make decisions that greatly impact their employer's finances and reputation. Make decisions that affect clients and other employees on a daily basis. They rarely consult a supervisor before deciding a course of action. Set nearly all their daily tasks and goals without consulting a supervisor first. Hours and Travel often work long hours. It is common for lawyers to work more than 50 hours a week. Generally work a set schedule. May travel to clients' homes or places of business.
Career Wages and Outlook
Annual Wage- $109,400
Hourly Wage- $52.60
The outlook is very good for lawyers in Minnesota. The employment is very large and the annual openings are very high.
Career Related Occupations
Agents and Business Mangers, Arbitrators and Mediators, Business Executives, Foreign Service Officers, Forensic Accounts, Judges and Hearing Officers, Law Clerks, Marketing Managers, Paralegals, Political Scientists, Psychologists, College Teachers.
In pre-law programs, courses are in many different areas, such as English, political science, economics, philosophy, and sociology. Many colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in pre-law. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study. Some colleges and universities do not offer a pre-law program but may offer pre-law concentrations. These are a set of guidelines for students to follow while they earn their bachelor's degree in a major of their choosing.
You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language. It is also a good idea to develop your writing skills. Consider taking advanced English courses and other courses that require writing, such as history and political science. Participating in debate or forensics will develop your public speaking skills. These will especially come in handy if you think you want to be a trial lawyer. Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:
- Advanced English Composition courses
- Advanced U.S. Government courses
- Advanced U.S. History courses
- Forensics and Debate
- Political Science
- School Governance
- Technical Writing
Program Typical Course Work
Undergraduate programs that lead to an associate or bachelor's degree typically includes courses in the following subjects:
- American Government
- English Literature
- Oral Communication
- Political Science
- Business Management and Administration
- Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
- Environmental Studies
- International Relations
- Liberal Studies
- Paralegal Studies
- Political Science and Government
- Psychology, General
- Science, Technology, and Society
- Social Sciences, General
Schools that Offer my Programs of Study
Augsburg, Hamline, Minnesota State University Morrhead, Winona
Lawyers are also called attorneys. They advise clients of their legal rights and suggest a course of action. They represent clients in court and present evidence to support their case. Many cases that go to trial are criminal cases. Criminal lawyers represent people who have been charged with a crime.
Trial lawyers spend most of their time researching clients' cases. They meet with clients to learn the facts. They examine the evidence to see if there is enough to pursue a lawsuit. They research previous cases and laws to find support for the case and to see what the possible outcomes might be. They interview witnesses and other people who have information important to clients' cases. Lawyers develop strategies and arguments to write in the legal documents that they file with the court. Lawyers select jurors and ask witnesses questions during trials. They summarize their case at the end of the trial, and try to convince juries to see their side of the argument. They explain the decision to clients once the case is settled. They interpret the laws and rules as they apply to the case. Lawyers often try to settle cases before they go to court. They may negotiate the amount of settlements in civil cases.
Civil lawyers rarely go to court. They handle cases that do not require going to trial. They prepare wills, contracts, and business deals. Civil lawyers also research clients' cases. They learn about the contract, will, or the business deal. Some contracts and wills are straightforward and require little work. Other contracts are more complicated. Civil lawyers may examine public records to establish ownership of property. Many lawyers supervise other legal employees, including legal assistants, paralegals, first year lawyers, and law clerks.
Size and Location- 53 acres, Winona Mn, 30,000 people
Admission Requirements- Apply by March 1st, Act and Sat tests are needed, 23 is the average test score, GPA is 3.31, Take top 50%.
College Expenses- In-state tuition $8,747 Out-of-state tuition $12,740 Fees$1,850 including laptop program Books and supplies $1,200 per year estimate Room and board (live on campus) $7,800
Financial Aid- Deadline is June 30th. Need FAFSA and SAR forms. Many scholarships and Grants available.
Housing- 10 residential halls. Some co-ed, some single sex. Many Frat houses
Activities- Alpha Lamba Delta, Sociology, Math club, Delta Phi, Bowling, Fishing, Hockey, Rubik Cube.
Briefly record your thoughts and feelings about the workplace and the person you just visited.
It was a very classy place, everybody was very nice, and I learned a lot.
What did you learn in the interview?
More in depth information in this career field.
What did you like? What didn't you like?
The workplace, hours, and the pay. The stress and the workload.
Did you uncover concerns or advantages to this occupation?
High paying, low hours, and nice working conditions.
What advice did you receive?
Follow my dreams and do good in school
Did you discover another occupation to explore?
Judge and Clerk
How was the work environment?
Classy, Nice, Comfy, and peaceful.
Do you think you would be happy in this occupation?
Plans To Reach Your Goal
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A informational interview would be useful so you could talk to people that are already in the field of work that you're wanting to go into and you could see what it's like, and ask them questions, or some good ideas that they could give you for you to make it successful in your field of work.
An internship will help me practice my developing skills in the field of work that I'm wanting to go into. It would help me get some hands on experience, and get me more into how things would really be, rather than just having an idea, this would give me some actual life experience.
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