What does a Lawyer do?
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A lawyer gives legal advice to people, government agencies, and businesses and offer representation to them when needed. They prepare legal documents and interpret laws, regulations, and rulings. A lawyer can specialize in many different areas of this profession. Lawyers mostly work indoors and in office buildings, however some travel may be required when meeting with clients or attending court hearings.
How to Become a Lawyer
A lawyer spends an average of 7 years in college. This breaks down into 4 years of undergraduate school and 3 years more of law school. A bachelor’s degree is required to enter law school with preferable courses in English, public speaking, government, history, economics, and math. Most all law schools require an applicant to take a Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). To finally become a lawyer, most states and jurisdictions want a Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree, and then you must pass the bar exam.
Job Description of a Lawyer
Lawyers represent clients in civil or criminal trial and present evidence for their defense. They also advise their clients on their legal rights or obligations and counsel them on the best way to precede according to their legal circumstances. A lawyer conducts research on legal issues and is qualified to interpret laws, regulations, and rulings. They draw up legal documents like wills, deeds, contracts, lawsuits, and appeals. They may also oversee legal assistants or paralegals. A lawyer may choose to specialize in a certain area of law such as criminal law, defense, prosecution, tax, or environmental law.