Attorneys, also referred to as lawyers, are responsible for representing and advising their clients in disputes and other legal matters. Clients may include individuals or groups such as families, companies or government departments. They are generally expected to be persuasive and good at communication in order to present arguments and win legal disputes for their clients. Attorneys typically specialize in one specific area, such as family law, criminal law, probate law, corporate law, intellectual property, or real estate. While most attorneys work in corporate offices, many also work for government agencies.
Attorney Education Requirements
Attorneys must have a graduate level law degree from a school approved by the American Bar Association in order to practice law. Degree programs typically end with a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree. Most law degree programs require both a four-year undergraduate degree and a passing score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). After successful completion of law school, attorney candidates must sit for and pass a state bar exam. This certifies that they have the knowledge required to ethically and competently practice law.
Attorney Job Market
The job outlook for attorneys is expected to rise approximately 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. Competition for attorney jobs will remain high as more students graduate law schools each year than there are jobs available. New attorneys with prior experience in any area of legal employment, such as legal assistants or law clerks, may have an advantage over new graduates without prior legal experience.
The median annual salary for attorney jobs is $113,530 per year. Salary will vary based on experience, type of law practiced, size of law firm, educational background and the location of the employer’s law firm.
Special Counsel is seeking a litigation attorney for a one-year project in Newark, Delaware with a major corporation. This position requires 4+ years of sophisticated experience with a strong background in reviewing and drafting collections documents such as Settlement Agreements, Affidavits, Releases of Lien, etc. Must be licensed to practice law in a US Jurisdiction and be able to commit to one ...
Beacon Hill is representing a major international law firm seeking attorneys to join its team immediately for a document review project. Candidates must have experience with and knowledge of residential mortgage-backed securities. The successful candidates will also have e-discovery experience and knowledge of leading electronic discovery software platforms. This position begins as soon as the a...
Progressive Leasing is looking for In-House Counsel to join the Compliance Department. We are a consumer lease company that is growing fast with an exciting team environment that is well rewarded. Primary job function will be consumer complaint resolution and would report to the Director of Compliance. This person will research regulations and statutes involving the lease of consumer goods. They w...
The law offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, a leading insurance defense firm, is seeking an Associate Attorney for its Philadelphia, PA office with 1-2 years of Workers' Compensation experience to join a growing practice group. Minimum Requirements: · 1 -2 years of experience in Workers' Compensation defense work · Excellent writing skills a must As a regional office of Marsh...
Research & Writing Attorneys Federal Public Defender Dallas, Fort Worth and Lubbock, TX Research and Writing Specialist (attorney) positions with Spanish language proficiency preferred. Refer to http://txn.fd.org under career opportunities employment for complete application details. Closing is November 14, 2014. The Dallas Morning News - 10/29/2014...
Temporary Litigation Attorney Job in Princeton NJ Special Counsel is currently seeking temporary litigation attorney candidates who are interested and available for long and short-term projects in the Princeton area. We are seeking candidates with well-rounded expertise practicing in large cases involving complex litigations on both the state and federal level. Vital skills needed include conduc...
Company Confidential Philadelphia, PA
Prestigious law firm is seeking a top notch patent attorney or patent agent for dynamic intellectual property practice. The successful candidate will have 3 - 5 years experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications, assisting in the preparation of opinions in the chemical arts and conducting prior art searches. Candidates should have at least a B.S. in Chemistry or related discipline (...
FT Attorney Portnoff Law Associates, Ltd., an established law firm with a twenty-five year tax collections practice, seeks a full-time attorney with two or more years’ experience for our Norristown office. Successful candidate must possess excellent computer and organizational skills along with the ability to multi task in a fast paced environment. Collections, bankruptcy or foreclosure experienc...
Special Counsel is currently seeking attorneys with 5+ years of experience for a contract position with our corporate client in Philadelphia. Responsibilities: · Draft, review, and negotiate commercial agreements to meet business and legal requirements, including sales, distribution, confidentiality agreements and requests for proposals · Collaborate with sales, marketing, finance, and other de...
Special Counsel is seeking a Patent Attorney for a contract in-house position in Allentown, PA. This is an excellent opportunity for professionals looking to supplement their income. 5+ years of Patent experience required, and must be a member of the Patent Bar. Technology experience preferred. If interested in this position, please send your resume in WORD format to *****...
ATTORNEY – BUSINESS PRACTICE – The Paoli office of a well-regarded regional law firm with offices in Philadelphia and New Jersey seeks to add an experienced Corporate/Banking/Real Estate/Commercial Litigation/Business practitioner with an established following to expand and ultimately run the business practice group. Interested candidates should have 8-10 years of experience. Pennsylvania Bar requ...
Center City Philadelphia law firm with national practice in complex civil litigation needs a skilled litigator with 2-3 years experience. The position requires excellent research, writing, and communication skills. The Firm offers a competitive salary and benefits with an opportunity for advancement. Send a resume and a writing sample with a cover letter to the Hiring Partner, Spector Roseman Kodr...
Company Confidential Fairlawn, OH, 44333
Northeast Ohio Law Firm looking to add a Partner with strong business development skills to help grow the practice. Ohio Bar and JD required. Open on market expertise: finance, corporate, institutional, M&A, etc. Must be entrepreneurial, hands on, and have solid business development skills....
Mid-sized full-service national law firm seeks a 2-4 year Real Estate Associate to join their Dallas and Austin offices immediately! Law firm is forward thinking and offers associates true hands on experience with partnership track opportunities. The ideal candidate will have experience with real estate purchase/sale transactions, leasing, title and survey work, real estate for energy transactions...
Special Counsel has immediate jobs for Italian Fluent Attorneys to work on site in Center City Philadelphia, PA. Below are the project's details. Italian Language Project: Rate: $50/hour, OT at time and a half Pace: 40-50 hour weeks Start: 10/27 Duration: 4 weeks Site: Center City Law Firm Size: 2-5 attorneys Requirements: Attorneys are required to work on site at our client's offices in ...
Company Confidential Memphis, TN, 38117
Mid-size law firm seeks an associate attorney admitted to practice in all courts of Shelby County, Tennessee with experience in litigation. Applicants must have 3 to 5 years litigation experience, working knowledge of civil code, discovery and pleadings. Experience in creditor’s rights or in foreclosure proceedings is highly preferred as is jury trial experience. Some travel may be required. Stron...
Company Confidential Memphis, TN
Defense Firm seeks a Senior Level attorney with portable business for an opening in Memphis, TN. All candidates must have a proven history of representation in Tennessee and verifiable business. All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential. Salary and benefits package are excellent and flexible....
Active Kansas and Missouri Bar admission required JOB SUMMARY: Provides representation for clients on complex and/or high-risk legal matters. Reviews and evaluates assigned cases. Prepares and tries cases in all courts and agencies. Provides related legal advice and services and manages relationships with Claims and Clients. Assists in mentoring of other trial attorneys. Reporting Relationships:...
Company Confidential Raleigh, NC, 27615
Associate Attorney specializing in Personal Injury and Litigation Description: Must be able to work in a fast paced, high volume, team environment Responsibilities will include the review and management of injury cases, negotiation of claims, and litigation of cases as required. Requirements: 10 years experience; Excellent written and oral communications, customer service, organization and comp...
Solenis is a leading global manufacturer of specialty chemicals for the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power, and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operatio...
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$50,000.00 - $250,000.00
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Resolves legal issues by researching references; initiating and responding to legal actions.
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Attention to Detail
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Analyzes the probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents.
Supports business units by researching and analyzing contractual matters; identifying potential issues.
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