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Careers FSE

Careers FSE
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Karl Stencell

on 15 June 2010

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Transcript of Careers FSE

Lawyer What exactly is a lawyer? A lawyer is "a person learned in the law; as an attorney, counsel or solicitor; a person licensed to practice law." The role of the lawyer varies significantly across legal jurisdictions What is the purpose of a Lawyer? Oral argument in the courts, research and drafting of court papers, advocacy (written and oral) in administrative hearings, client intake and counseling (with regard to pending litigation), legal advice, protecting intellectual property, negotiating and drafting contracts, conveyancing, carrying out the intent of the deceased, and prosecution and defense of criminal suspects lawyers are familiar with the court's customs and procedures, and make the legal system more efficient for all involved. Unrepresented parties often damage their own credibility or slow the court down as a result of their inexperience. Education Law is primarily taught at law schools Law schools are graduate/professional schools where a bachelor's degree is a prerequisite for admission. Earning the Right to Practice Law A law student must pass a bar examination (or a series of such examinations) before receiving a license to practice law. Compensation Lawyers are paid for their work in a variety of ways. In private practice, they may work for an hourly fee according to a billable hour structure, a contingency fee (usually in cases involving personal injury), or a lump sum payment if the matter is straightforward. Normally, most lawyers negotiate a written fee agreement up front and may require a non-refundable retainer in advance. In many countries there are fee-shifting arrangements by which the loser must pay the winner's fees and costs Lawyers working directly on the payroll of governments, nonprofits, and corporations usually earn a regular annual salary. I want to be a CORPORATE Lawyer. A corporate lawyer is a lawyer who specializes in corporations law. Working on average for 50 hours per week, with a mean starting salary of 64,000, rising to 93,700 after 5 years and 139,000 after 10–15 years. The role of a corporate lawyer is to ensure the legality of commercial transactions, advising corporations on their legal rights and duties, including the duties and responsibilities of corporate officers. In order to do this, they must have knowledge of aspects of contract law, tax law, accounting, securities law, bankruptcy, intellectual property rights, licensing, zoning laws, and the laws specific to the business of the corporations that they work for. Sources: www.wikipedia.com Any Questions?
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