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Attorneys and Their Practice Areas

published October 24, 2013

By CEO and Founder - BCG Attorney Search left

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'Attorneys' and 'Lawyers' - these two terms are very often used as synonyms and seem interchangeable. Though both these terms are related to law, there is a slight difference between them. A lawyer is a person who is trained in law. He may or may not be practicing law. Any person who has graduated from law school can be called a lawyer. However, his capacity to work depends on whether he has passed the bar exam or not. If he has not passed the bar, he does not have the right to make a legal presentation in court. An attorney is a person who is trained in law and practices it as a career. He has cleared the bar exam and is entitled to practice law in a particular jurisdiction. He has the right to make a legal presentation in court. Therefore we can say that an attorney is a lawyer but a lawyer is not necessarily an attorney.

Law is a very vast field. To provide the best assistance in each practice area, attorneys specialize in one or two areas of law. Mentioned below are some of the disciplines of law.

 
  • Taxation: Filing tax returns and dealing with taxation formalities according to the rule of the land requires attorneys who are well versed with the procedures and legalities involved in it.
     
  • Criminal defense: People accused of crimes such as theft, murder and other such grave crimes need attorneys to defend them.
     
  • Civil issues: Some families need an intervention of law to solve their disputes. Mostly such issues include adoption, child custody or divorce.
     
  • Accidents and Personal Injuries: Compensation for medical bills, legal charges for accidents and damage to property and insurance formalities, are all taken care of by attorneys specializing in this field.
     
  • Corporate issues: Mergers, acquisitions and contract reviews all require legal help from attorneys.
     
  • Bankruptcy: Before declaring bankruptcy, one needs to counsel an attorney. Sometimes with their expert help, it can be avoided.
     
  • Real estate: Buying, selling or leasing a property requires legal paperwork, and in disputes arising in these cases, attorneys are required.
     
  • Intellectual property rights: Any idea or invention that requires protection against duplication requires attorneys dealing in these issues. Attorneys help clients file for patents, explain their rights and help solve cases in which there is a breach of patent right.
     
  • Employment: An expert employment attorney handles rightful compensation during illegal termination, harassment or wrong accusations.

There are plenty of areas for attorneys to specialize in and start their practice. If you are already holding the required qualification, then click here to start your attorney job search. The attorney jobs market is already witnessing an upturn, so finding attorney jobs will not be an issue for promising candidates.

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Harrison is the founder of BCG Attorney Search and several companies in the legal employment space that collectively gets thousands of attorneys jobs each year. Harrison’s writings about attorney careers and placement attract millions of reads each year. Harrison is widely considered the most successful recruiter in the United States and personally places multiple attorneys most weeks. His articles on legal search and placement are read by attorneys, law students and others millions of times per year.

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