Attorney at law

What is an Attorney?

An attorney-at-law is defined as a practitioner in a court of law who is legally qualified to prosecute and defend actions in such court on the retainer of clients.

What is the starting salary?

The average starting salary for an attorney in the state of Virginia is 91,145 dollars annually.

Top Law Schools- Criminal Law Major

1. Yale University-$54,650 per year (full-time)
2. Harvard University-$53,308 per year (full-time)
3. Standford University-$52,530 per year (full-time)
4. Columbia University-$57,838 per year (full-time)
5.University of Chicago-$53,301 per year (full-time)

Why do I want to become an attorney?

I want to become a Criminal Lawyer because I am good at proving my points and I can argue a case. I also want to provide people with justice!

Andrew Fraser

Andrew Fraser is a former high-profile Melbourne based lawyer who was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment with a minimum period of five years imprisonment in 2001 for being knowingly concerned with the importation of a commercial quantity of cocaine. In 2006, Fraser was released two months earlier than his release date from Fulham Correctional Center after agreeing to give evidence against serial killer Peter Dupas in his trial for the murder of Mersina Helvagis. He applied for a share of a 1 million dollar reward for solving the murder.


History, Government, and Politics
These topics are interwoven with the field of law. Demonstrate that you have some knowledge of the government and its history

  • United States and World History
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and/or Taxation
  • Political Science
Writing, Thinking, and Public Speaking
  • A career as a lawyer is all about critical thinking , writing, and speaking. Take classes that offer opportunities for extensive critiqued writing. Seek opportunities to debate and speak publicly.
    • Debate
    • English
    • Literature
    • Logic
    • Philosophy
    • Public Policy
    • Public Speaking
    • Writing
  • Social Sciences
  • The study of human behavior is fascinating - and much of law concerns human behavior.
    • Anthropology
    • Criminology
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Religious Studies