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Last Updated: Oct 29, 2014     Views: 61

  • "Lawyers"
    Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition
    Bureau of Labor Statistics. United States Department of Labor

    Significant Points

  • About 26 percent of lawyers are self-employed, either as partners in law firms or in solo practices.
  • Formal requirements to become a lawyer usually include a 4-year college degree, 3 years of law school, and passing a written bar examination; however, some requirements may vary by State.
  • Competition for admission to most law schools is intense.
  • Competition for job openings should be keen because of the large number of students graduating from law school each year.
  • "A Life in the Law"
    American Bar Association.
    This easy to understand booklet provides information for young people who are just getting acquainted with the legal profession, as well as useful tips for those already considering law school. From providing a brief, simple introduction to what lawyers do, to looking at the expectations of law schools, and also touching on the work of judges, mediators, paralegals and court reporters, this publication provides valuable information to anyone looking at a legal career. And new to this edition – a section on financing your legal education helps students realize the financial and economic realities of going to law school and takes a realistic view of student loans. Download a free copy.
  • "Lawyer"
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
    A lawyer, according to Black's Law Dictionary, is "a person learned in the law; as an attorney, counsel or solicitor; a person licensed to practice law."[1] Law is the system of rules of conduct established by the sovereign government of a society to correct wrongs, maintain the stability of political and social authority, and deliver justice. Working as a lawyer involves the practical application of abstract legal theories and knowledge to solve specific individualized problems, or to advance the interests of those who retain (i.e., hire) lawyers to perform legal services. The role of the lawyer varies significantly across legal jurisdictions, and so it can be treated here in only the most general terms.[2][3] More information is available in country-specific articles (see below).[clarification

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