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Lawyers and Judges
Lawyers, or attorneys, serve in our legal system two ways: as advocates and as advisers. As advocates, they represent the rights of their clients in trials and depositions or in front of administrative and government bodies. As advisers, attorneys counsel clients on how the law affects business or personal decisions, such as the purchase of property or the creation of a will. Lawyers represent individuals, businesses, and corporations. Approximately 592,670 lawyers work in the United States today, in various areas of the profession.
Judges are elected or appointed officials who preside over federal, state, county, and municipal courts. They apply the law to citizens and businesses and oversee court proceedings according to the established law. Judges also give new rulings on issues not previously decided. Approximately 47,900 judges work in all levels of the judiciary arm of the United States.
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