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Lawyers

Lawyers
Quick Facts : Lawyers*
2010 Median Pay$112,760
Entry Level EducationDoctoral or professional degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012728,200
Job Outlook10% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change73,600


Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses or government agencies, on legal issues and disputes. Clients are provided legal counsel for trials and court proceedings. Lawyers, also called attorneys, act as both advocates and advisors.

What Lawyers Do

  • Communicate with their clients and others
  • Conduct research and analysis of legal problems
  • Interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals and businesses
  • Present facts in writing or verbally to their clients or others and argue on their behalf
  • Prepare and file legal documents, such as lawsuits, appeals, wills, contracts, and deeds

Work Environment

The majority of lawyers work in private or corporate legal offices. Some work for local, state, and federal governments. The majority work full time, and many work long hours.
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Job Outlook

Employment of lawyers is expected to grow by 10 percent from 2010 to 2020 as demand for legal work will continue as individuals, businesses, and all levels of government will need legal services in many areas.
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Pay

The average salary of lawyers was $112,760 in May 2010.
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Lawyers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Lawyers

112760

Legal & Law Enforcement Occupations

51034.1667

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Lawyers*
Percent Change in Employment

Lawyers

10.1071

Legal & Law Enforcement Occupations

10.89271409312884

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Lawyers

Formal requirements to become a lawyer usually include a 4-year college degree, 3 years of law school, and passing a written bar examination. However, some requirements vary by state.
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