Lawyers Facts

Lawyers Facts
A lawyer is a legal professional that acts as an attorney, barrister, solicitor, or advocate, using the practical application of the law to solve problems or represent plaintiffs and defendants in or out of court. The term lawyer can mean different things in different countries, but all lawyers require extensive schooling and training to represent and fight for legal issues and rights. Historians believe that lawyers have existed since Ancient Greece, when they provided services similar to those they offer today. Lawyers can specialize in various disciplines of law including family law, real estate law, business law, criminal law, civil law, estate law, and some offer their services 'pro bono' which means they work for free or are paid by the government.
Interesting Lawyers Facts:
In the Middle Ages there were lawyers in the courts. The courts were established by kings such as Henry the 8th who used the courts to decide who had committed treason against him.
In the United States a person must attend four years of college or university to earn their bachelor's degree, then law school for three years, then pass the bar exam. This process differs in different countries as far as education and required training.
In 2011 there were 1,245,205 licensed lawyers in the United States, with almost half practicing in a private practice.
The average lawyer in the United States earns between $100,000 and $200,000 a year but this amount changes based on the number of years of practice, the setting, whether one works in private practice, corporate, or government, and the type of law being practiced.
In the United States a lawyer must obtain a license in the state they wish to practice.
Because laws change, lawyers must stay current on laws. This can involve taking classes to remain current.
During the course of their job lawyers must be able to interview, write arguments, research, prepare legal documents, and appear in court to work on behalf of their clients.
Lawyers sometimes work to 'settle out of court' for clients which means they never have to appear in court to come to an agreeable conclusion to the legal matter at hand.
In order to be a successful lawyer a person should be intelligent, dedicated, and have good people skills. Being a good speaker is helpful as well, especially for lawyers who wish to work as advocates.
Criminal layers, whether defense or prosecutor, have been made very popular because of television shows that portray their careers as exciting and fast-paced.
Being a lawyer can be a very stressful job. The hours one must work are often longer than most other professions, and the responsibility the job carries can be overwhelming sometimes.
Those that study law and become lawyers can also do a variety of other careers including teaching law in universities and colleges, writing, working in risk management, or becoming a lobbyist.
Some lawyers are referred to as 'ambulance chasers' because their work involves filing lawsuits for people injured in accidents.
In some courts lawyers are still required to wear the formal gowns and white wigs.

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