About Lawyers

Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes. The majority of lawyers work in private and corporate legal offices. Some work for local, state, and federal governments. The majority work full time, and many work long hours. To become a lawyer you must have a 4 year college and a 3 year law degree and pass the bar exam for your state. Lawyers made an average of $113,530 in 2012.

Charistics that good lawyers have include honesty, competiveness, puruasiveness, and good public speaking skills. Good lawyers will win their clients cases.

When lawyers are in trial they are in a court room in front of 12 jurors and a judge that they have to pursuade to believe them. Although the most exciting part of their job is in the court room they are not there the majority of the time.

Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs should continue to be strong because more students graduate from law school each year than there are jobs available. So it will be harder to be a lawyer now than it was a long time ago. Jobs similar to lawyers are judges, mediators, paralegals, and hearing officers. There are a lot of lawyers that focus on one law issue for example divorce lawyers, personal injury lawyers, and tax lawyers. Lawyers work mostly in offices. However, some travel to attend meetings with clients at various locations, such as homes, hospitals, or prisons. Others travel to appear before courts. Lawyers who represent clients in court may face heavy pressure during trials.

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