Do You want to be a Lawyer?

By: Katie Smith

Did You Know?

  • Twenty-Five of our presidents have been lawyers. Therefore it goes without saying that working in law holds a particular draw for us Americans.
  • There will be a need for about 73,600 more professionals with doctor degrees by the year 2020.

What a Lawyer does?

A lawyer advises and represents individuals, businesses, and government agencies in either legal, criminal, or civil matters. A lawyers role isn't just in the courtroom: He or she may conduct research or prior cases, collect testimonies from witnesses, and write legal documents such as lawsuits, appeals, and deeds.

To practice Law:

  • attorneys must receive a bachelors degree
  • complete three years or law school
  • pass a state-specific written bar exam

Job Market

The job market for lawyers has tightened in recent years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a job growth of 6.9 percent for the profession between 2010 and 2020, which is lower than other occupations. During that time period 73,600 jobs will need to be filled.


According to the BLS, in 2011, lawyers earned a median average salary of $113,310. The best-paid earned more than $187,199, while the lowest-paid made approximately $54,120. The highest earners worked in the big-city areas of San Jose, Calif., Dan-bury, Conn., and San Francisco.