The Legal State of Texas

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The legal job outlook for Texas is always growing and expanding to different areas. Real estate has always been a great practice area for attorneys to work in, businesses are being developed and land is needed to help those businesses grow. Immigration has been on the forefront since Texas borders Mexico. Intellectual property has seen growth due to law suits being filed regarding ideas for designs being copied or stolen and marketed without permission from the creator. The practice of energy law has seen this field become one of the best for attorney jobs in Texas because of pollution laws and our countries ability to harness renewable energy for consumers.

Depending on your experience your salary will vary. Smaller firms will pay less, many starting at $50,000; larger firms who have more clients tend to pay more, some start at $125,000 and range up to $160,000. Summer associates can usually make $62,000; again, it depends on the firm's size and their client list. There are many benefits that are offered with larger firms, some have sign-on bonuses and holiday bonuses. Many have insurance, 401Ks, and paid parking. Some other perks include paid CLE classes and relocation expenses. Some firms even pay bar association fees. Government jobs are based on GS levels and those are determined by experience as well.

The top practice legal areas in Texas are corporate, most business aspects being found in Dallas and Houston. Corporate revolves around bankruptcy and administrative issues. Energy counsel is one of the best attorney jobs in Texas; oil and gas exploration always keeps this area at the forefront. Real estate is always booming in Texas, laws regarding construction are constantly being used to propel growth; Dallas, El Paso and Houston see the most progression. Intellectual property is different for each region, electronics all the way to space exploration can be practiced, and even patents fall under this category.

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