My future career will most likely be a lawyer. I want to become a lawyer because I feel that I possess all the needed skills and abilities for this career. Also, I want to be able to help people who have had injustice done to them. I want to be able to put the “bad guys” away. After all my years of college, I will be a state prosecutor. Being as determined as I am, I will work hard at my job and help those who have been wronged.
Special Skills Communication (speaking/writing): Lawyers need to be able to communicate effectively in a way that people around them can understand. This is needed especially during courtroom trials. Use of resources: Lawyers need to use their resources, such as books and the Internet. Most lawyers spend some time in the library researching when they are not with clients or in the courtroom. Time management: Lawyers must have good time management skills. This is so they can set out certain times for each task that they need to complete. Critical thinking: This is needed because lawyers must go into specific details, rather than just “hitting the surface” of things. It also requires a higher level of thinking.
Lawyers need to figure out reasons for why people are guilty or not guilty, and why they do what they do.
Daily Tasks: represent clients in a courtroom, present clients’ cases and show evidence to defend them, study the law, choose jurors and question witnesses
Skills Needed: (See “Special Skills” slide)
A Typical Day: Lawyers may work in their offices, libraries, the courtroom, and sometimes their clients’ homes, hospitals, or even prisons. They work very long hours and face lots of pressure, especially when a trial is coming up. Lawyers must research and keep up with updated laws. They work long days. Most work at least 40 hours per week.
Related Jobs: criminal investigator, paralegal, judge
Salary * Salary depends on work experience, field of specialization, level of education, location, and size of firm * Work experience (years) Average annual salary ($) 0 - 1 46,000 to 70,000 1 - 4 50,860 to 81,200 5 - 9 68,900 to 115,450 10 - 19 79,980 to 145,420 20 - more 88,360 to 156,000