Corporate Lawyers

By Tiffany Yang

Duties

  • Ensure the legality of business practices and transaction
  • Understand laws and regulations to help their clients and companies work within legal boundaries
  • Provide legal guidance for employers and clients
  • Begin a new case by meeting with clients and trying to understand the details of the legal issue. This may include reading corporate filings and consulting with other attorneys
  • Research prior cases and look for established precedents
  • During a trial, make opening and closing arguments in addition to examining and cross-examining witnesses
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Practice Environments

  • Majority work full time

  • Many work 40+ hours / week
  • Some corporate lawyers work in courtrooms and represent their clients in front of a judge and jury
  • Although corporate lawyers typically work for large companies, they may also be self-employed and contract themselves out to many different firms.

Compensation

  • $169,890 for lawyers working in the management of companies and enterprises

Education & Training

  • Admission into law school usually entails completing a bachelor's degree program and achieving a qualifying score on the Law School Admission Test. Once admitted, law students spend most of the first few semesters covering concepts like torts and property rights. During the last year-and-a-half, students begin to take business law and tax law classes. Topics typically range from corporate accounting to taxation.

  • Obtain a Juris Doctor from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and pass the bar exam in order to practice.

  • Hold a 3-year Juris Doctor (J.D.)

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Jerilyn Deitz

- A law student does not have to take the bar exam if they perform extremely well in their classes

- A law student does not need to graduate with an undergraduate degree relating to law in order to go to law school

- The only law schools in the state of Wisconsin is Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin- Madison