By:Brianna Alonzo

What is a lawyer?

A lawyer is a person who practices or studies law. They represent clients in their legal issues and disputes. They also navigate the legal system for the benefit of their client. Lawyers work in a variety of fields for example criminal law, estate law , family and divorce law, and many more.

Salary and Benefits

A lawyers/attorney salary ranges from 50,000 to 250,000, but the median pay is 113,000 a year. How much experience you have has a effect on the salary for this job. Their salary is also based off of what time of case they are working on.

A person gain a lot from becoming a lawyer. It gives you the chance to work and help others with their legal disputes. The biggest reason why people choose to become a lawyer is because of the pay. Lawyers are one of the highest paying jobs in the U.S.

How to become a lawyer

You would first have to get your Bachelor's degree which is the minimum educational requirement for admission to law school. Then you would have to take the law school admission test (LSAT). Law school students typically study for three years and earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. After you finished your studies at law school you would take and pass the bar exam for the state.

Skills needed

To be a lawyer you must be...

  • Great problem solver
  • Must be patient
  • good listener
  • Goes in depth with their research

Skills gained from becoming a lawyer

From becoming a lawyer you gain these skills...

  • Good at negotiating
  • Communicating
  • Analyzing data
  • Counseling

A typical day

A typical day for a lawyer is reaserach. Lawyers carefully study the details and take detailed notes about each case. Most of the lawyers have a paralegal who help them in their reaserach , but you would still be doing plenty reading. You would also be writing briefs, documents, responses, letters, and of course e-mails. Lawyers typically also spend hours reviewing case files and meeting with clients. They also sometimes go out of town to meet with clients if needed. Lawyers are always working.