A lawyer, also known as an attorney, is a legal professional who advises and represents his or her clients in civil or criminal cases. An attorney can be a general practitioner, or he can be someone who specializes in a certain area such as family, environmental, probate, real estate or criminal law. There are many other lawyer jobs in addition to those mentioned above. Most of the time, attorneys are assisted by paralegals.
If someone wants to become an attorney
, they have to attend three years of law school after getting a bachelor's degree at another university. Before this person can start to practice as a lawyer, they will need to be admitted in the bar of their state. They also need to pass the written examination in certain states and may have to do ethics examinations.
A lawyer's job starts when they join a law firm
or serve as an attorney in a company
. After some years, he may be allowed to be a partner in the law firm
. Sometimes lawyers go on to become judges, while others may join the faculty of a law firm. The job of a lawyer may also include representing his clients in the court of law. He has to present evidence on behalf of the client that he is defending in a civil or criminal case. He also has to present the evidence that will prosecute the person who is being charged in a civil or criminal case. He has to interpret the law, make sure regulations are followed properly, and make proper rulings for the clients. He can be involved in preparing documents for different contracts. These include the prenuptial agreement, leases and wills. He can also negotiate the settlement in a civil dispute.
A lawyer also can choose a career in different places. He can work as a civil lawyer who is involved in various disputes. A civil lawyer can work in different cases such as breach of contract, property issues and debt collection. An immigration lawyer is needed in the countries
where there is an influx of skilled immigrants. The law often changes on a regular basis in order to restrict the number of the people who enter the country. The lawyer helps a client obtain citizenship. An international lawyer
may also deal with different issues that include corporate issues related to international agreement, human rights and government policies. A criminal lawyer
is either a criminal defense lawyer or criminal prosecutor. A defense lawyer presents the client who has been accused of committing a criminal offense. A prosecutor lawyer works for the state and he has to show the evidence that the accused is guilty. An environmental lawyer
is a person who helps create awareness about ongoing environmental exploitation.