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Advantages and Disadvantages of Being a Lawyer!

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Alexa Garcia

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Career Research: Lawyer
By: Alexa Garcia

Advantages and Disadvantages of Being a Lawyer
Related Occupations
Legal Secretary
Law Librarian
Administrative Law-Judge
Judge
Court Reporter
Law-Enforcement Professional
Court Clerk
Mediator
Legal Assistant
Law Teacher
Earnings
You can earn a good leaving for becoming a lawyer but, your earnings will depend largely on the type of legal work you do.The average annual wage is $130,880, and the average hourly wage is $62.93 per hour.

Educational Requirements
To become a lawyer, you have to have 4 years of undergraduate study (college), and 3 years of law school.
To become a licensed lawyer, you have to take a a "Bar Examination" test. Most people don't pass their Bar Exam the first time, so they keep on trying till they become licensed.
Advantages
Disadvantages
Money
Having impact on others
Develop self-confidence
Many business trips
Long hours
Loans
Bar Fees
Long work weeks
Not getting to see your family
High stress
Many business trips
Preparing to
be a Lawyer
Take some high school classes that will help you.
Attend college
Attend law school
Volunteer to work for a law firm or lawyer after your first year of law school.
Gain practical experience
Become an intern with a judge or law firm in your second year of law school.
Most law schools let you do this for extra credit.
Enroll in a clinical education course in your final year of law school.
This will let you meet clients and represent them under the supervision of a licensed attorney with permission of the supreme court of the jurisdiction.
Interviewing clients
Drafting documents
Reading and analyzing papers
Discuss with other lawyers
Attend court
Interview witnesses
Do legal research

Nature of Work
Working Conditions
Being a lawyer takes a lot of work, it's not only preparing to be one it's also being one.Most lawyers face particularly heavy pressure when a case is being tried.Lawyers usually have structured work schedules. Lawyers who are in private practice may work irregular hours while conducting research, meeting with clients, or preparing briefs during non office hours. Lawyers often work long hours, about 37 percent of lawyers work 50 hours or more per week.
Job Outlook
Personal Skills and Reasons Why this Career Would be a Possibility
Personal Skills
Can work under pressure
Open-minded
Persistence
Reasons Why
I personally think that being a lawyer is a lot of work, but i guess I've always wanted to be a lawyer because of my personality. If you know me you would know that I like to fight for what I want and care. I also like to do a lot of research on stuff that interests me.
The annual growth rate from 2010 to 2020 is an estimated of 11%.The average growth rate for all occupations is expected to be 14 percent. There excepting fewer new jobs available than there are new lawyers emerging from law school, resulting in intense competition for available jobs.

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