Who Is a Lawyer?

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Who Is a Lawyer and What Does a Lawyer Do?

A lawyer is a professional who has been educated and trained to practice law. Lawyers generally attend about three years of law school after their undergraduate studies, and undergo internship trainings in between law school years. After graduating law school, they are generally required to pass a state bar examination in order to practice law. Lawyers perform a variety of tasks, including:

Also, lawyers can provide legal advice to clients, and help them determine which legal options will best serve their interests. Lawyers can practice either on their own in a solo firm or with other lawyers in a legal group or law firm.

Is There a Difference Between "Lawyer" and "Attorney"?

Most people use the terms "lawyer" and "attorney" alternatively. But traditionally, the term "lawyer" referred to any person who had some form of legal education or training, regardless of whether they were practicing at the moment. In comparison, the term "attorney" was generally reserved for a professional who was licensed and currently practicing law and representing clients in court.

Modernly, the terms "lawyer" and "attorney" may be broken down further by specialization (i.e., "criminal lawyer", "personal injury attorney", etc.)

Are Lawyers Allowed to Practice in Multiple States?

Yes, lawyers can practice in more than one U.S. state. However, they must pass the bar exam for each individual state where they wish to practice at. Each state has a different board exam since the laws are different in each state.

In some cases, there may be arrangements where the lawyer can practice in a different state without completing the bar exam for that state. However, this is often done for a temporary time on a limited basis, and instructions regarding such setups can vary by state.

Should I Hire a Lawyer for My Legal Issues?

Some legal issues require the assistance and representation of a qualified lawyer. If you have any issues or concerns with the laws in your state, you may need to hire a lawyer to help you with your case. Your attorney can help you file your case with the court, and can also see to it that your case is managed properly from beginning to end.

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Last Modified: 01-10-2014 12:47 PM PST

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