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Lawyers and Judges

Overview

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 609,930 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 49,990 judges work in all levels of the judiciary arm of the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Law Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Organized

Problem-Solving

Realistic

Career Ladder
Judge, or Professor, or Law Firm Owner

Senior Partner

Junior Partner

Law Clerk