Civil Litigation Lawyers

Civil Litigation Lawyer Talks with Client

Litigation is the process of taking a case through the legal system. Civil litigation is a legal dispute involving two or more parties in which one party seeks the redress of a wrong via financial compensation, the cessation of a harmful activity, or repairs to a faulty product or structure, etc. These lawsuits involve a wide variety of areas such as personal injury, employment law, contractor claims, and medical malpractice. Civil litigation lawyers represent clients in trials, arbitrations, hearings, and mediations before federal, state, and local courts; administrative agencies; and other legal bodies. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Civil Litigation Attorneys, Litigators, Trial Attorneys, Trial Lawyers
Duties Handle civil lawsuits for clients; meet with clients regarding the facts of a case; gather documents, evidence, and testimony; prepare for trial; represent clients in court and during the appeal process; interact with judges, expert witnesses, and other lawyers
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Law Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Psychology
  • Speech
Experience Internship or judicial clerkship highly recommended
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Partner, or Solo Practitioner, or Law Professor, or Judge
  • Experienced Civil Litigation Lawyer
  • Associate
  • Intern or Clerk

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