Lawyers and Judges

Lawyers, or attorneys, serve in 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 759,200 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 51,200 judges work in all levels of the judiciary arm of the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
  • Doctorate
  • Law Degree
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Government
  • Speech
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Required