Corporate Lawyers

Corporate Lawyers in Strategy Meeting

Corporate lawyers, sometimes known as corporation lawyers or attorneys, corporate counsels, and general counsels, advise corporations concerning their legal rights, obligations, and privileges. They study constitutions, statutes, previous decisions, ordinances, and decisions of quasi-judicial bodies that are applicable to corporations. They advise corporations on the pros and cons of prosecuting or defending a lawsuit. They act as agents of the corporation in various business transactions and seek to help clients avoid expensive litigation. Approximately 609,930 lawyers are employed at corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Corporate Attorneys, Corporate Counsels, Corporation Attorneys, Corporation Lawyers, General Counsels
Duties Advise corporations concerning their legal rights, obligations, and privileges; represent companies in court and during other legal proceedings; act as agents of the corporation in various business transactions
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Law Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Speech
Experience Experience as a law intern or clerk is highly recommended
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
Skills
  • Financial
  • Information Management
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Legal Officer
  • General Counsel
  • Managing Attorney
  • Corporate Lawyer
  • Legal Intern