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So You Wanna Be a Lawyer?

the law manYou want to become a lawyer, but the current statistics for practicing law are bleak, right? Actually you couldn’t be more wrong. Despite what is being reported by the media, the job outlook for lawyers is looking positive. Granted, that’s not the only factor to consider when debating a career in law. Below, you’ll find some numbers, and facts that may help you decide if a degree in law is right for you or if you need to keep searching for your career path.

According to the Labor Bureau of Statistics, the median pay for lawyers in May of 2012 was $113,530 per year. In addition to a solid salary, LBS also stated that the job outlook from 2012 to 2022 was expected to rise as much as 10%.

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The outlook is rosy, that’s for sure. However, what does a lawyer do all day to make a six-figure salary? The answer is lots of things! There are many different areas of law to practice. Everything from family law to bankruptcy law to civil rights law exists. For every industry, there is a type of law. This means that if you’re really passionate about a specific cause, chances are you can gear a career in law towards it.

What type of work does a lawyer do, you might wonder. That depends on the type of law you practice. Chances are that while you’ll likely work out of an office, you’ll have plenty to do that doesn’t require a desk. In addition to marketing, trial preparation and research, you’ll also participate in trials, meet with clients and network at various events. Keep in mind that more than the traditional 40-hour workweek could be required.

If all of that sounds good to you, you may want to begin looking into law schools. There are many of them, scattered across the United States. In addition to obtaining a law degree, you’ll need to pass the bar examination in the state where you want to practice law. Most law students attend school in the same state where they wish to practice upon graduating and passing all required exams.

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