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Who says a hundred lawyers at the bottom of the ocean is a good start? Lawyers have critical jobs in a wide variety of business, nonprofit, and government positions, and without them we'd have a hard time running a society as complex as ours. Don't believe it? Here are thirty jobs that can only be done by a lawyer.
1. Trial Lawyer – In England, this is a barrister; he argues a client's case before a judge and acts as an advocate.
2. Defense Lawyer/Public Defender – No matter how outrageous the crime, every accused man and woman deserves to be able to defend himself or herself. A defense attorney gives them the voice they would otherwise lack.
3. District Attorney – Carries forward the state's case against an accused criminal, and determines which cases will be pursued, tried, or settled.
4. Jury Specialist – A special kind of trial lawyer who has developed expertise in selecting a jury that will be most sympathetic to the side he/she works for.
5. Sitting Judge – Sometimes an elected position, a judge maintains the courtroom's fair climate and renders final decisions on the outcome of a case, after a jury decision is reached or independently if there is no jury.
6. Research Attorney – Specialist in finding and citing case law, this attorney is rarely found outside of large multi-attorney practices.
7. Appellate Attorney – Argues the points of law in an appeals case (there must be something wrong with the original case in order to bring an appeal, and these guys find those issues)
8. Insurance Attorney – An attorney specializing in insurance law, generally working as a representative for an insurance company trying to deny a claim
9. Malpractice Attorney – A plaintiff's attorney who represents a person injured in the course of medical treatment, generally on contingency payment.
10. Personal Injury Lawyer – A plaintiff's attorney who represents someone injured through no fault of his own, generally on contingency payment.
11. Transactional attorneys – Draft documents and advise clients, but rarely go to court.
12. Legal Aid lawyer – sometimes law students, these lawyers advise and represent people who are indigent in a variety of specialties.
13. Tax attorney – Absolutely necessary for large corporations, a tax attorney knows how to use domestic and foreign tax laws in the corporation's interest.
14. Corporate attorney – Any attorney working on retainer in a corporation
15. Attorney specializing in environmental law – Attorneys who ensure corporations remain inside the law when working with the environment (utilities companies must have them)
16. Copyright Lawyer – Lawyer working with copyright law for books, stories, music, etc.
17. Patent Lawyer – Lawyer who can do patent searches and who knows how to write patent applications that will be accepted
18. Labor/Employment Law – Attorney who understands labor law and ensures a corporation stays within those laws
19. Real Estate Lawyer – Handles all legal documents and zoning issues, etc. when a corporation or individual buys a piece of real property.
20. Policy Analyst – Works with federal bureaus and public servants to ensure policies are within the law
21. Legislative Drafter – Helps legislators draft law in ways that are compliant with current jurisprudence – you can thank these guys for the murder of many trees, for these documents are often very wordy.
22. Military Lawyer (JAG Corps) – Commissioned officers who specialize in practicing military law and also in helping military members work with civilian law
23. Admiralty Lawyer – Works with maritime law, or the law of the sea, where other national law may not apply
24. Comparative Lawyer – Trained in the legal system of at least two countries, he's able to reconcile laws while working with cases spanning both countries.
25. Law professor – A lawyer who has chosen to teach new lawyers; can be concurrent with a regular law practice
26. Legal information publications specialist – A lawyer who has not necessarily passed the bar, and who works for one of hundreds of professional legal publications gathering, organizing, and writing data.
27. Legal writer – An attorney who, above and beyond the writing his or her job requires, also publishes memorable articles and books on different aspects of the law.
Other Types of Law
28. Law Enforcement – In many situations, especially high ranks or governmental organizations like the FBI, a law degree can be critical for law enforcement
29. Entertainment Law – Attorneys who focus on intellectual property, libel, and other legal issues in the entertainment industry.
30. Nonprofit Law/Lobbyist – Generally a CEO or executive at a nonprofit or advocacy group who argues points of law in reference to his group (Center for Science in the Common Interest, for instance)
You should also look for Internet law to become a critical field sometime in the near future, as Internet issues grow increasingly complex.
There are two Major Types of Lawyers
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