Attorney Career Path And Overview

Attorney Career Path And Overview
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  Job Duties of a attorney

Advice clients about their legal rights in business and personal matters
Represent clients before courts and government agencies
Present evidence in court and argue in favor of their clients
Conduct legal research, and interpret laws and regulations for business and individual clients
Prepare and file legal documents such as lawsuits, wills, appeals, contracts, deeds, etc.
Communicate with all parties involved in a legal case - clients, judges, attorneys, etc.
Oversee the work of team members such as paralegals and legal assistants.

In addition to above core job duties, attorneys may have additional job duties specific to their specialization (example: tax attorneys, corporate attorneys, patent attorneys, etc.)

Attorneys job duties will also depend on the where they work (example: law firms, government, corporations, government services, educational services, etc.)

  Qualities of a attorney

Communication skills
Analytical skills
Research skills
Writing skills
Emotional skills
Speaking skills
Problem-solving skills

Attorneys must have good communication skills to effectively convey the right message to all the parties involved in the legal case - clients, judges, juries, and others.

Attorneys must have good analytical skills to analyze large amounts of information and determine the best course of action for their clients.

Attorneys must have good writing skills to prepare documents such as lawsuits, wills, deeds, trusts, etc. in a concise and precise manner.

Attorneys must have good emotional skills since they have to separate their feelings, empathy or prejudices, and focus on the best outcome for their clients.

Attorneys must have good problem-solving skills since they have to solve their client's problems based the best available legal options.

Attorneys must have good speaking and presentation skills since they have to present and argue their case in front of the judge, jury, and other parties.

  Salary of a attorney in USA


Attorneys in USA earned a median of $127,990 in May 2021. i.e. half of registered nurses earned below $127,990 and half earned above that.

The lowest 10% registered nurses earned less than $61,400 and the highest 10% earned more than $208,000.

The salary of attorneys vary widely based on the job type (Tax attorney, Real estate attorney, Prosecutor, etc.), organization (Federal government, Local government, Corporation, etc.) and experience.

Source: BLS

  Job Outlook for attorney

Projected growth: 10% from 2021 to 2031
Number of jobs in 2021 - 833,100
Projected number of jobs in 2031 - 913,300
Average annual job openings - 48,700

Number of jobs for attorneys is projected to grow 10% from 2021 to 2031, with about 48,700 job openings expected each year, over the next 10 years.

This projected growth is attributed to the expected demand for legal work for individuals, businesses, and government.

Some of this growth is also attributed to the expected need to replace attorneys who retire or move to other occupations.

Source: BLS

  Education Requirements For Becoming A attorney

Education LevelMajorRequirement
BachelorSocial science, History, Law and Legal StudiesRequired
Master's (Law School)Juris Doctor (J.D.)Recommended

To become qualified as an attorney one must first get a bachelors degree in a related field such as social sciences, law, history etc.

After a bachelor's degree one must complete 3 years of law school and gain a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is required for entry into most law schools.

  Top Colleges For Becoming A attorney

Yale University
Stanford University
University of Chicago
Columbia UNiversity
Harward University
University of Pennsylvania
New York University
University of California - Berkeley
University of Virginia
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  Top Certifications For Becoming A attorney

Certification or LicenseProvider
Certified Corporate Attorney (CCA)American Bar Association (ABA)
Certified Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney (CMAA)American Academy of Financial Management (AAFM)
Certified International Corporate Lawyer (CICL)International Bar Association (IBA)
Certified Securities Lawyer (CSL)North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA)
Certified Taxation Lawyer (CTL)American Bar Association (ABA)