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A lawyer gives legal advice to people, government agencies and businesses, on certain legal issues and offer representation to them when needed. They prepare legal documents and interpret laws, regulations and rulings. A lawyer can specialize in many different areas of this profession.
How to become a Lawyer
A lawyer spends an average of 7 years of study to obtain his or her degree, which breaks down into 4 years of undergraduate school and 3 years more of law school. A bachelor's degree is required to enter law school with preferable courses in english, public speaking, government, history, economics and math. Most all law schools require an applicant to take a Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Most states and jurisdictions want a Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree, and then you must pass the bar exam.
Job Description of a Lawyer
Lawyers represent clients in civil or criminal trial and present evidence for their defense. They also advise their client about their legal rights or obligations and counsel them on the best way to precede, according to their legal circumstances.
A lawyer would conduct research on legal issues, and be qualified to interpret laws, regulations and rulings, so as to be able to explain all facts to the client, in writing and verbally. They would draw up legal documents, like, wills, deeds, contracts, lawsuits and appeals. They may also oversee legal assistants or paralegals.
A lawyer may choose to specialize in a certain area of law, for instance, criminal law, defense or prosecuting attorneys, tax lawyer or even environmental law, just to name a few. Most lawyers work in private or corporate offices, typically, full-time with long hours. A few other lawyers are self-employed.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics project a 10 percent growth in 2012-2022 in this career field.