Lawyer  What They Do

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Lawyers Career Video

Represents clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draws up legal documents, or manages or advises clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Legal Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Analyzes the probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents.
  • Advises clients concerning business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits, or legal rights and obligations.
  • Selects jurors, argues motions, meets with judges, and questions witnesses during the course of a trial.
  • Interprets laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses.
  • Presents evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in criminal or civil litigation.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies.
  • Presents and summarizes cases to judges and juries.
  • Studies Constitution, statutes, decisions, regulations, and ordinances of quasi-judicial bodies to determine ramifications for cases.
  • Prepares, drafts, and reviews legal documents, such as wills, deeds, patent applications, mortgages, leases, and contracts.
  • Negotiates settlements of civil disputes.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel
  • Overtime work

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