25 Law Careers Worth Considering

by Blogger on Jun 01, 2011

If you want to become a lawyer, you may learn that there are over 100 different types of lawyers listed on the Web. While general lawyers — like family doctors — can help clients seek answers to legal questions, it is best for a client to choose a specialty lawyer if he or she wants a professional to handle a given case. For instance, that client would not seek out an asbestos lawyer for a divorce. Before you specialize, you must first get your law degree and land an internship at a law firm. But, the following list of 25 law careers worth considering provides a handful of possibilities for your future.

  1. Law booksAdministrative Lawyers: This type of lawyer governs the activities of governmental administrative agencies. They oversee all legal issues that take place within a city’s judicial system.
  2. Bankruptcy Lawyer: Bankruptcy lawyers handle cases that involve people who do not have the money nor assets to resolve debt. A bankruptcy lawyer defends the client against banks that argue the client has enough money or assets to pay bills. On the other hand, bankruptcy fraud is a white-collar crime, and defense of a client accused of bankrupcty fraud would require other forms of education.
  3. Business Lawyer: If you want to help someone start a business, then this is the specialty you’re looking for. Business lawyers probably are the most flexible, as well (outside general lawyers), as business lawyers also may be able to advise financially, handle bankruptcies and know about city or town laws such as zoning and restrictions.
  4. Child Support Lawyer: This type of lawyer defends the child and the parent who receives custody of a child or children after divorce. Each state carries separate child support laws, so familiarity with the laws in your state of practice is essential.
  5. Civil Lawyers: If you like playing peace-maker, then this line of law might suit you. General civil lawyers can help resolve disputes ranging from property damage to the neighbor’s dog’s incessant barking. Civil lawyers do not often deal with criminals as much as with disputes and disagreements.
  6. Corporate Lawyer: Corporate lawyers must have a knowledge of statutory law and regulations passed by government agencies to help their corporate clients achieve their goals within the bounds of the law.
  7. Criminal Lawyer: Criminal lawyers deal with felonies, misdemeanors and infractions. It is a criminal attorney’s job to ensure that their client, the plaintiff, is honestly represented. In some cases a criminal attorney’s job is to negotiate with the courts on plea settlement for a convicted person.
  8. Defense Lawyer: Where prosecuting attorneys in a court of law will represent the plaintiff, and it is a defense lawyer’s job to either represent the state or another client in a court case. A defense lawyer will argue on behalf of its client to prove that he or she did not actually commit a crime.
  9. Divorce Lawyer: Divorce lawyers oversee all proceedings regarding the end of a marriage; however, divorce lawyers may also look over prenuptial agreements to determine property ownership.
  10. GavelDiscrimination Lawyer: This type of lawyer defends clients against discrimination in the workplace; however, with the attention to school bullying on the rise, discrimination in schools also can fall under this category.
  11. Drug Injury Lawyer: The reality is that thousands of people across the country are injured by defective or dangerous drugs and medical devices which are placed on the market by irresponsible drug companies.
  12. DUI — DWI Lawyers: These lawyers are versed in DUI (Driving Under the Influence) laws and/or DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) laws. While you may not be able to help clients who are convicted with proof of driving while drinking or under the influence of drugs, you can help to shorten the time spent behind bars by mitigating time with driving lessons, medical treatment or public service, among other options.
  13. Environmental Lawyer: Environmental lawyers act on behalf of organizations that seek to mitigate environmental disasters that affect climate and energy, health and toxins, wildlife and pristine environments.
  14. Injury Lawyers: Injury law can cover a wide variety of injury including auto, truck, major medical dangerous products and toxic substances and workplace injuries. This type of lawyer also can cover cemetery, funeral home and cremation fraud.
  15. Insurance Lawyer: To be enforceable, an insurance policy must meet all of the usual requirements of a contract and, in addition, the insured must have an “insurable interest” in the subject matter being insured, such as property, life, and health.
  16. Intellectual Property Lawyers: Lawyers who venture into this specialization are concerned with patent, trademark and copyright issues. This type of lawyer may address business or corporate issues and even venture into software laws.
  17. International Lawyer: International law can be practiced in both the public and private sectors. Within the public sector, many attorneys work for the federal government, which provides opportunities in several federal departments. International attorneys in the private sector typically work for firms with foreign clients or in legal departments within large international corporations.
  18. Medical Lawyers: This link leads to a long list of the types of medical law that can be practiced. From abortion law to involuntary commitment and from medical ethics and malpractice to reproduction, a lawyer who chooses to practice in this specialization can stay very busy. Like injury lawyers, medical lawyers can specialize in certain areas, such as pharmaceuticals (drug injury) or in medical malpractice.
  19. Obama and Supreme CourtOccupational Disease Lawyer: One of the farthest-reaching laws in the workplace is the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA), which allows government representatives to regulate workplace safety. While Workman’s Compensation lawyers defend for clients on safety issues, the occupational disease lawyer can defend clients for diseases that are incurred from toxic chemicals, agricultural pesticides, asbestos, welding rod fumes, and other hazardous materials.
  20. Real Estate Lawyers: Real estate lawyers help determine who owns land and the buildings on it, who has a right to possess and use land or buildings, the sale and purchase of real property, landlord and tenant issues, the development of real property, and compliance with local, state, or national regulations affecting the use of real property.
  21. Social Security Lawyer: The Social Security System in the U.S. is probably one of the most complicated systems in the world. And, it is undergoing constant change. A lawyer in this field must stay on top of all the changes in both the basics and in disability laws that pertain to this system.
  22. Sports and Entertainment Lawyers: Sports law is divided between amateur and professional sports. These lawyers usually work with colleges and universities that receive federal aid and are thus subject to Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in athletic programs. At the professional level, sports lawyers address contract and antitrust issues. They may serve as agents to individual players or represent team owners. Entertainment law generally consists of legal issues affecting television, films, recordings, live performances, and other aspects of the entertainment industry.
  23. Tax Lawyer: Especially important to businesses and to individuals who seek questions to tax laws, this type of lawyer can answer those questions. In most cases, the tax lawyer does not handle tax fraud cases, as the tax lawyer helps businesses and individuals comply with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). The tax fraud lawyer, on the other hand, either works for the IRS to seek unpaid tax funds or for the client who may have unwittingly committed tax fraud.
  24. Trial Attorney: As a trial attorney, you represent clients in a court of law. A good knowledge of the courtroom process (which is necessary for any lawyer) and court proceedings is vital. The ability to debate and work with a team of other lawyers also is a plus. This type of attorney can argue for either the plaintiff or for the defendant.
  25. Worker’s Compensation Lawyer: This specialization comes from both business law and medical law, where an attorney defends the client’s right to compensation for injury on the job.
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