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Environmental Lawyers

Overview

Environmental lawyers are attorneys who specialize in environmental law, which is comprised of federal and state statutes that concern wildlife, endangered species, habitats, public lands, logging and forestry, natural resources, hazardous and toxic wastes, air and water pollution, and other environment-related matters. Environmental lawyers work either for the government or in the private sector and are hired to help bring cases to court to enforce environmental regulations and to alter public and private activities that may be damaging the environment. They research and prepare legal cases, interviewing various people involved in the case as well as experts in the field, such as scientists and engineers, to help substantiate the case. They also present cases in court.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Law Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Helpful

Organized

Problem-Solving

Career Ladder
Partner, or Division Director, or Chief Legal Counsel

Environmental Lawyer

Legal Intern

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