LAWYERS represent an individual or company in criminal and civil trials and present evidence and arguments that support their client in court. They advise their clients on their legal rights and suggest actions that best serve their interests. They research law and study public records. They interview clients and witnesses, write reports, briefs, and legal arguments, and handle other details to prepare for trials. They may negotiate out-of-court settlements. They prepare legal documents such as contracts and wills. They may specialize in bankruptcy, family, international, tax, probate, environmental, or one of the many other types of law.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $114,500 average per year ($55.00 per hour)
- A large occupation (575,700 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.3% per year)
To become a LAWYER usually take 7 years of full-time study after high school; 4 years of undergraduate study followed by 3 years of law school. Law school applicants must have a bachelor's degree to qualify for admission. To practice law, lawyers must be licensed or admitted to the bar under rules set by the jurisdiction's highest court. Applicants for admission to the bar must pass a written exam and to qualify for the exam, they must have college degree and graduate from an accredited law school. Contact the Board of Bar Examiners in your state for more information.