There is approximately $735,000 lawyers employed in the United States. About 75 percent of them work in private practice either in law firms or alone. Others are employed in government, often at the local level.
Lawyers is expected to grow about as fast as the average through 2014, but record numbers of law school graduates have created strong competition for jobs, even though the number of graduates has begun to level off.
Lawyers with outstanding ability can expect to go a long way in their profession. Novice lawyers generally start as law clerks, but as they prove themselves and develop their abilities.