What does a Lawyer do?

Attorneys advise and represent clients during civil or criminal cases. They provide professional advice, prepare documents, and appear in court to plead on behalf of their clients. They explain legal issues, advise clients on litigation involving them, and research all case elements, including official documentation including a police report. They pay close attention to the legal system elements that pertain to the client's case and search for relevant, previously filed pleadings.

Attorneys formulate a strategy on behalf of clients, intending to find timely and cost-effective ways to manage legal issues. Rather than take a case to trial, attorneys attempt to resolve it promptly. Attorneys familiarize themselves with a client’s case and directly defend their best interest, and help clients discuss plea bargains or other agreements with a district attorney's office. They also advise clients on their public behavior while charges are pending. Attorneys need a Juris Doctor from a school of law and to pass the state Bar exam.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Lawyer Salaries

Average Base Pay

€69,133 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: €69K
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Lawyer Career Path

Learn how to become a Lawyer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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The Scranton Law FirmThe Scranton Law Firm
20 Dec 2021

“The pay and benefit package at Scranton Law Firm is also the best I have had in my career”

Baltimore City Public School SystemBaltimore City Public School System
Consulting Attorney
16 Jan 2020

“One of the Best reasons for working Baltimore City Public School is continual growth and development”

Slater & Gordon UKSlater & Gordon UK
12 May 2021

“During a difficult Covid year our pay was not reduced and we still received a bonus unlike many law firms.”

Harmon Law OfficesHarmon Law Offices
22 Sep 2020

“Some of the upper management can be great resources for a wide range of Real Estate Law topics and practice.”

The Lane Law FirmThe Lane Law Firm
Associate Attorney
12 May 2021

“There is no chance of growth here to "partner" and the benefits are not the best.”

Meyers NaveMeyers Nave
15 May 2021

“Great career growth opportunity and for one to become a better attorney by working on novel/challenging issues.”

Tully Rinckey PLLCTully Rinckey PLLC
Associate Attorney
10 Sep 2021

“Rewards hard work and grants you independence quickly if you provide consistent high quality work product.”

Ford Motor CompanyFord Motor Company
18 Oct 2021

“The salary is not the best and the career takes too much time to growth.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a lawyer

When working as a lawyer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Writing, Law Degree, Excellent Communication, VERBAL Communication and IN Spanish.

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The most common qualifications to become a lawyer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.