Marissa Gutierrez Period 7/8


Lawyers serve as both advocates and advisers. As advocates, they speak for their clients in court by presenting supportive evidence. As advisers, they counsel their clients on their legal rights and obligations. Lawyers are also called attorneys and counselors they can interpret laws, apply laws to specific situations, and draft new laws. Much of their work involves researching, which are earlier interpretations of laws and the history of judicial decisions based on that law. Lawyers use precedents to support their cases in court. Many resources are from law libraries and public documents to computer databases and the Internet are available to lawyers for research.

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Working Schedule: Every day, about 40-50 hours a week.

Salary,& Job outlook.

Median- 112,760 per year
$54.21 per hour

Job outlook- Employment of lawyers is expected to grow by 10 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs should continue to be strong because more students are graduating from law school each year than there are jobs available.

Qualifications: Critical thinking, analytical reasoning, negotiation skills, research and writing skills

Education and Training Requirements


  • Doctoral or professional degree
  • Formal requirements to become a lawyer usually include a 4-year bachelor’s degree, 3 years of law school, and passing a written bar examination. However, some requirements vary by state.

  • Most lawyers obtain bachelor's degrees and law school degrees. Helpful college courses include English, history, political science, economics, and social science. Those who want to be patent attorneys often major in engineering, while future tax lawyers get accounting degrees.