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Also known as:  Agency Legal Counsel, Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Corporation Counsel, Assistant Counsel, Associate Attorney, Attorney, Attorney At Law, Attorney General, Brief Writer, City Attorney

ABOUT LAWYER CAREERS

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The legal system can be confusing and overwhelming to most people. To help individuals and corporations understand and apply the law, attorneys (who are more commonly called lawyers) counsel clients about their legal rights and obligations, and suggest particular courses of action in both business a ...
nd personal matters.

The more routine and most common tasks of a lawyer include drawing up legal documents such as wills and contracts, while the more visible tasks involve trying cases in a court of law. To effectively carry out these duties, lawyers must be able to interpret complex legal documents and apply them to the appropriate situations.

If you're interested in practicing law, you should be intelligent, well-spoken and determined, willing to work long and irregular hours. Excellent research skills are also essential since the more you know about a case and related historical information, the better chance you have of winning the case.

This occupation also requires an ability to deal with people in a courteous and efficient manner. Perhaps the most important quality a lawyer can possess is that of moral and ethical integrity. A successful representative of this profession is a person who is honest in every aspect of the job. If you can live up to all of these demanding qualities and duties, a fulfilling career in law may be the right profession for you.
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Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
HIGH
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.
Present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
Present evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in criminal or civil litigation.
Prepare legal briefs and opinions, and file appeals in state and federal courts of appeal.
Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions, by such means as interviewing clients and witnesses to ascertain the facts of a case.
Evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases.
Perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law.
Negotiate settlements of civil disputes.
Confer with colleagues with specialties in appropriate areas of legal issue to establish and verify bases for legal proceedings.
Represent clients in court or before government agencies.
Examine legal data to determine advisability of defending or prosecuting lawsuit.
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Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
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Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
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Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
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