What does an Attorney do?

A lawyer provides counsel and represents businesses, individuals, and government agencies in legal matters and disputes. A lawyer'ss main duties are to uphold the law while protecting a client's rights. Lawyers advise, research, and collect evidence or information, draft legal documents such as contracts, divorces, or real estate transactions, and defend or prosecute in court. Lawyers can specialize in a number of areas, such as corporate, family, bankruptcy, or environmental law.

In order to practice law in the United States, a Juris Doctor degree (JD) is usually required. Some lawyers also hold a Master of Laws (LLM). The majority of individuals holding a JD must pass a written bar examination to be authorized to practice law in a given U.S. state. To become licensed in more than one state, a lawyer must usually comply with each state's bar admission requirements. Lawyers typically have strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as excellent problem-solving skills.

  • Draft, review, and negotiate contracts, leases, and other legal documents
  • Strategically counsel clients and potential clients on legal matters
  • Identify legal or contractual issues and develop new approaches to resolve complex issues
  • Provide legal advice to senior management regarding various corporate and business matters
  • Remain current on federal and state laws, regulations, and practices affecting the company business
  • Manage relationships and collaborate with co-counsel
  • JD or LLM with exceptional academic credentials
  • License to pratice law in the state you are working in
  • 3-10 years of experience at a law firm or within an in-house legal department
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication and negotiation skills
  • Excellent business judgment and high level of professionalism
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
20%
2 - 4
46%
5 - 7
21%
8+
13%

Common Skill Sets

Writing
Law Degree
Excellent Communication
VERBAL Communication
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Confidence
juris Doctorate
juris Doctor Preferred

Attorney Seniority Levels

L2
Attorney
$90,000/yr
L3
Senior Attorney
$134,824/yr
L4
Attorney IV
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Document Review Attorney
3% made the transition
Trial Attorney
7% made the transition
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Attorney Salaries

Average Base Pay

$90,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$65K
Median: $90K
$140K
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