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Lawyers
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 33,460

Projected Annual Job Openings: 690

Typical Hourly Wage: $59.34 - $80+

Typical Annual Salary: $123,400 - $166,400+

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Doctoral or professional degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies.
  • 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.
  • Interpret laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses.
  • Present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Prepare legal briefs and opinions, and file appeals in state and federal courts of appeal.
  • Analyze the probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents.
  • Examine legal data to determine advisability of defending or prosecuting lawsuit.
  • Evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Desktop computers
  • Flash memory storage card
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers

Technology:
  • Accounting software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Document management software
  • Presentation software
  • Project management software

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