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There are many lawyers who work on a contract basis and therefore are known as ''contract attorneys'' or ''contract law professionals''. According to Brent D. Roper, a contract attorney is ''an attorney temporarily hired by the law office for a specific job or period. When the job or period is finished, the relationship is over.'' In simple words, a contract attorney is a person who works on a temporary basis on a legal case. This kind of work does not ensure full time employment.

Educational Qualifications

In order to become a lawyer, a graduation degree in law is a must. The training is given for three consecutive years at the law school after completion of a four year undergraduate study. Law schools help students to pass the examinations required to qualify as a lawyer. This exam is administered by each state. Once the examination is cleared, the students receive the degree and the license to practice law in that particular state. The license is essential to practice law.

Contract Attorneys' Job Description

The job of a contract lawyer is similar to that of a permanent lawyer. The temporary attorney needs to handle the case as does a regular lawyer. They represent their clients in the civil or criminal law court. A civil court deals with cases related to mortgages, wills, titles, leases, trusts, courts and others while the criminal law court deals with issues related to crimes against a property or an individual. Lawyers have a complete knowledge on the State, Federal and local laws and thus use it as required. But this is not the limit to an attorney's job.

The best part of being a lawyer is to choose a specific field of practicing law from various options. The area of law can be bankruptcy, probate law, criminal law, estate law, international law, environmental law, corporate law and many others. They continue with their legal careers after choosing from either of the law areas. They will be known as specialized lawyers in the particular field. But the basic job of each is to make research, communicate with clients, conduct interviews, study their cases and prepare them.
 
Contract lawyers are even specialized in a specific legal area as the regular lawyers. They look for jobs according to their practice field. As the permanent lawyers, they can even work in any job environment i.e. in house or law firms or government agencies or even at non-profit organizations. But the major requirement of these lawyers is private practice.

Problems of Being a Contract Lawyer

Some attorneys believe that being a contract attorney can be very beneficial especially for those who:
 
  • Require money for support while looking for a permanent law job.
  • Believe that during the time of application to permanent jobs, the employer will be able to judge the capability well by viewing their contract work.
  • Believe that the skills will be polished with a contract work.

However, one of the reasons why contract lawyer jobs are not willingly taken up is that they add as a negative point in your legal career and lower your demand in the legal job market.

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