Attorneys represent people's legal rights in court. The representation could be criminal or civil, and the client could be the plaintiff or the defendant. An attorney's responsibilities vary depending on the nature of the case and the area of law in question.
A day in the life of an attorney includes counselling clients, preparing them for court, researching previous cases, preparing legal documents, and attending court sessions. Lawyers may also need to liaise with law enforcement to gather information for their client's case.
Attorneys specialize in different areas of the law. Criminal lawyers specialize in defending clients against criminal suits while real estate lawyers focus on settling matters involving land and property.
To become a lawyer, you need a bachelor's degree and a Juris Doctorate degree from a law school. You'll also need to pass the bar exam. Clients often prefer lawyers with a track record of wins to relatively inexperienced professionals.