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Career Presentation: Lawyer

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Mariam Ahmed

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Related Occupations ROLE OF A LAWYER 4112 Salary Range $50 000- $215 000 WHAT IS A LAWYER? A lawyer is an individual who defends a person or entity in various legal proceedings. The legal proceedings may fall into a variety of different categories yet most are either considered criminal litigation or civil litigation. The lawyer is a person who acts on behalf of another and voices the opinion of their client in a manner which is in their best interest. General Responsibilties
"Articling" - Working in a paid position under the supervision of a qualified Lawyer for ten months.
-Way to gain exposure to different areas of law, before actually becoming a lawyer.
-Some students work as "clerks" or assistants to judges instead of articling at a law firm. Bar Admission Course -Teaches practical skills and tests graduates to make sure they have the skills & knowledge to make the transition from law student to lawyer.

-Includes a five-week Skills and Professional Responsibility Program plus two compulsory licensing exams. Once you successfully complete the different phases of the Bar Admission Course, you are admitted to the "bar" and can practice law in Ontario. If you get a law degree from a school outside of Ontario, you may have additional requirements in order to become a lawyer in Ontario. Working as a Lawyer LAWYER Responsibilities - There are many fields a Lawyer can work in, but they are divided up into 3 main categories:
* 1.Law in the Public Interest: Working in the public interest may involve working for a public interest group such as the African Canadian Legal Clinic, or the Women's Legal and Education Action Fund, or doing legal aid work at a legal aid clinic, like the Metropolitan Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic.

* 2.Private Practice: Working in private practice means that you have individual clients, which may be people or corporations. This may involve working at a big firm (over 100 lawyers) or a small law firm. Lawyers often specialize in one area of the law, for example, family law, criminal defense law, corporate law, environmental law. Some lawyers do all kinds of law in their practice.

*3.Government: Working for the government means that the government itself is your client. This may involve working as a Crown Attorney prosecuting criminals or working for a ministry such as the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Labour. -Represent Clients in Court, Mediations, business transations and any other events where law will be discussed.
-Make sure client understands all aspects of their case. There are many different types of lawyers with a variety of job responsibilities and duties. No matter what type of lawyer one may be they have an extremely important role in the lives of others. Specific Duties Education & Experience -2-4 years of University
-High grades
- -Study any subject you want!
-As long as your grades are a certain amount , you are eligible for Law School. - Need to pass the L-SATS First year: -Similar at most Canadian Law Schools.
-Includes: Introductory courses in areas such as Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Property Law and Contracts Law.
-Given specialized training in legal research and writing.
-Many extracurricular activities you can be involved in. Second Year: -Opportunities to pick your own courses based on your areas of interest.
_ In either first year or the upper years of the law program, most law schools also require students to participate in a "moot" which is a mock trial, in which students act as "lawyers" on a fictional case and are "judged" by professors and lawyers. Summer after second year:
-Many students work in law firms, government legal departments or legal clinics doing legal research after their second year of law school.
-Learn about different legal employers, and to decide what type of law, if any, that you want to practice.
-During the summer, students apply for articling positions and go through articling interviews. Third Year:
-Last year of law school, and it is the year in which you can really get involved in a leadership role in clubs, committees, journals or other extracurricular opportunities at the law school. -Students take more specialized courses, and work on lengthy research papers in their areas of interest. A law degree is not enough to qualify to practice law (that is, work as a lawyer) in Ontario. You must also "article" and successfully complete the Ontario Bar Admission Course. Judge (after several years as a lawyer) Skill Set needed:
-Oral communication
-Written communication
-Great client service
-Research
-Technology
-Knowledge of Substantive Law and Legal Procedure
-Time Management
-Organization
-Teamwork Lawyer defending his client in court. Prosecutor in court York University
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