Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+9.6% (as fast as the average)


What Lawyers Do

Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Other Job Titles Lawyers May Have

Attorney, Attorney at Law, Attorney General, Lawyer

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Lawyer/Professor ,

Northwestern University School of Law

As a professor, I prepare lessons on and teach classes in law centered around 1) negotiations, and 2) eradicating the New Jim Crow via litigation and policy advocacy. As a lawyer, I focus on litigating, organizing, educating, and crafting legislation to ensure that individuals with criminal records are not unjustly denied employment or occupational licenses.

Attorney ,

The Innocence Project

I spend most days as an attorney working on a variety of cases including trials, arrests & arraignments, sentencing, and sentence modification. It involves reading and researching the case I am working on, getting to know my client, and then developing a defense or prosecution depending on the case. I also work with the Innocence Project to review potential false imprisonment cases and bring those back to trial to get them overturned.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Analyze the probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents.
  • Advise clients concerning business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits, or legal rights and obligations.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges, and question witnesses during the course of a trial.
  • Interpret laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses.
  • Present evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in criminal or civil litigation.

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