Lawyers
SOC: 23-1011.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
778,700 employed

Projected (2024):
822,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Admiralty Lawyer
  • Agency Legal Counsel
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel
  • Assistant Counsel
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Assistant Prosecutor
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Associate
  • Associate Attorney
  • Associate Counsel
  • Attorney
  • Attorney at Law
  • Attorney General
  • Bar Examiner
  • Barrister
  • Brief Writer
  • Business Lawyer
  • City Attorney
  • City Solicitor
  • Civil Lawyer
  • Claim Attorney
  • Closing Agent
  • Commonwealth Attorney
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Contracts Attorney
  • Conveyancer
  • Corporate Attorney
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Corporate Counselor
  • Corporate Lawyer
  • Corporation Counsel
  • Corporation Lawyer
  • Counsel
  • Counselor at Law
  • County Attorney
  • Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • Criminal District Attorney
  • Criminal Justice Lawyer
  • Criminal Lawyer
  • Defense Attorney
  • Deputy Attorney General
  • Deputy Chief Counsel
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • District Attorney
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Employment Attorney
  • Entertainment Lawyer
  • Enviromental Attorney
  • Environmental Attorney
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Estate Conservator
  • Estate Planning Attorney
  • Family Lawyer
  • Foreign Law Consultant
  • Foreign Legal Consultant
  • General Counsel
  • General Counselor
  • Health Care Attorney
  • Immigration Attorney
  • Immigration Lawyer
  • Immigration Specialist
  • Insurance Attorney
  • Insurance Counselor
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Law Writer
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Adviser
  • Legal Advisor
  • Legal Arbitrator
  • Legal Consultant
  • Legal Counsel
  • Legal Department Manager
  • Legal Examiner
  • Legal Research Analyst (Lawyer)
  • Legal Researcher
  • Litigation Associate
  • Litigation Attorney
  • Military Lawyer
  • Partner
  • Patent Attorney
  • Patent Lawyer
  • Patent Solicitor
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Professional Degreed Law Clerk
  • Prosecutor
  • Public Defender
  • Rating Board Specialist
  • Rating Specialist
  • Real Estate Attorney
  • Real Estate Closer
  • Real Estate Lawyer
  • Regulatory Analyst
  • Solicitor
  • Sports Attorney
  • Sports Lawyer
  • Staff Attorney
  • Staff Counsel
  • Tariff Counsel
  • Tax Agent
  • Tax Attorney
  • Tax Lawyer
  • Title Attorney
  • Title Lawyer
  • Trial Attorney
  • Trial Lawyer


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media


  • Tasks:

  • Advise clients concerning business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits, or legal rights and obligations.
  • Interpret laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses.
  • Analyze the probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents.
  • Present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases.
  • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions, by such means as interviewing clients and witnesses to ascertain the facts of a case.
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies.
  • Examine legal data to determine advisability of defending or prosecuting lawsuit.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges, and question witnesses during the course of a trial.
  • Present evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in criminal or civil litigation.
  • Study Constitution, statutes, decisions, regulations, and ordinances of quasi-judicial bodies to determine ramifications for cases.
  • Prepare and draft legal documents, such as wills, deeds, patent applications, mortgages, leases, and contracts.
  • Prepare legal briefs and opinions, and file appeals in state and federal courts of appeal.
  • Negotiate settlements of civil disputes.
  • Confer with colleagues with specialties in appropriate areas of legal issue to establish and verify bases for legal proceedings.
  • Search for and examine public and other legal records to write opinions or establish ownership.
  • Supervise legal assistants.
  • Perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law.
  • Act as agent, trustee, guardian, or executor for businesses or individuals.
  • Probate wills and represent and advise executors and administrators of estates.
  • Help develop federal and state programs, draft and interpret laws and legislation, and establish enforcement procedures.
  • Work in environmental law, representing public interest groups, waste disposal companies, or construction firms in their dealings with state and federal agencies.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Compact disk CD recorders
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital photocopiers
  • Digital video disk DVD recorders
  • Laptop computers
  • Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Optical character readers
  • Overhead projectors
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Abacus Data Systems AbacusLaw
  • ADC Legal Systems Perfect Practice
  • ADERANT Expert Matter Center
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Advanced Technologies Class Act
  • AdvantageLaw WinVantage
  • Anacomp CaseLogistix
  • Argosy Legal Systems Power Closer
  • Best Case Solutions Best Case Bankruptcy
  • BQE Software BillQuick
  • Bridgeway eCounsel
  • Canyon Solutions Jcats software
  • Captaris Alchemy
  • Catalyst Repository Systems CatalystCR
  • Catalyst Repository Systems CatalystDR
  • Catalyst Repository Systems CatalystXE
  • Chesapeake Interlink Needles
  • Client Profiles Case Management
  • CobbleStone Systems software
  • Compugov DocketView
  • CompuLaw Vision
  • Computer Sciences Corporation Legal Solutions Suite
  • Constellation Justice Systems DAMION software
  • Convex FactLogic
  • Corel WordPerfect software
  • Corporate Legal Solutions Case&Point software
  • Corporatek EnAct Platinum
  • Creative Data Solutions DuProcess
  • CrimeCog Technologies E*Justice
  • Crocodile Consulting Traffic Control
  • CT hCue
  • CT Summation iBlaze
  • Customer Expressions i-Sight software
  • CyberDyne Industries CaseWizard
  • DATAssimilate Systems DATAssimilator
  • De Novo Systems De Novo CaseMgr
  • Diarymaster
  • Direct Hit Systems THREADS
  • DPS Software General Litigation
  • Eclipse Legal Systems Proclaim
  • Economic Analysis Group CaseTrack
  • eLawSoftware
  • Equative TimeLedger
  • ERP software
  • ESI Software ESILAW
  • Fastcase
  • FTI Ringtail Legal
  • Fund accounting software
  • Gavel & Gown Software Amicus Attorney software
  • Genlex CaseAce
  • Google Analytics
  • HiPerSoft Practice Information Powertool
  • I-many Contract Management
  • IBM Federated Records Management
  • IDEA TrialPro
  • Immigrant Software Immigrant Professional
  • inData TrialDirector
  • Interwoven RecordsManager
  • Iron Mountain Accutrac
  • Juris
  • Justice Systems FullCourt Enterprise
  • Lawex TrialWorks software
  • LawLogix Edge
  • Legal Files Software
  • LegalEdge Law Firm Suite
  • Levare Center Court
  • LexisNexis CaseMap
  • LexisNexis HotDocs
  • LexisNexis Lexis Back Office
  • LexisNexis Lexis Front Office
  • LexisNexis PCLaw
  • LexisNexis Shepard's Citations Service
  • LexisNexis software
  • LT Online Corporation LAWTRAC
  • Lucid IQ CMP
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word
  • Mumboe software
  • NetDocuments
  • New Dawn Technologies JustWare software
  • Nolo Quicken Legal Business Pro
  • Novell GroupWise
  • Nuance PaperPort Professional
  • OpenText eDOCS software
  • Oracle software
  • Orion Law Management Systems Orion
  • PerfectLaw All-in-One Suite
  • Practice Technology Prevail
  • ProCAT Denoto
  • ProDoc
  • Saga Practice Manager
  • Sage Timeslips
  • SAP software
  • Selectica Contract Performance Management
  • SMEsource BillingOrchard
  • Software Technology PracticeMaster software
  • Software Technology Tabs3
  • Solution Specialties TRACKER
  • SUSTAIN Justice Edition
  • Synaptec LawBase Case Management
  • Synergy International Systems Synergy CaseTrack
  • Tax software
  • Technovation Software ImmigrationPro
  • Thomson Elite ProLaw
  • Thomson Elite ProLaw READY
  • Thomson West Cowles Estate Practice System
  • Thomson West WestlawPRO
  • TimePro Legal Software TimePro
  • TimeSolv Legal
  • TopDogLegal
  • Two Step Software CorporateFocus software
  • Upside Software UpsideContract
  • Verdict Systems Sanction
  • Virtual Case Management VCM software
  • Visionary Legal Technologies Visionary Professional
  • WealthCounsel WealthDocs
  • Web browser software
  • WebEx WebOffice
  • Woll2Woll InfoPower Studio
  • Wolters Kluwer Loislaw
  • World Software Corporation WORLDOX
  • WorthMORE Software CaseWORTH


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    industry stats

    SOC: 23-0000

    Total Employed: 1,062,370

    Average Annual Salary: $103,460