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Working As A Legal Adviser

  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $94,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Legal Adviser Do

Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes. 

Duties

Lawyers typically do the following:

  • Advise and represent clients in courts, before government agencies, and in private legal matters
  • Communicate with their clients, colleagues, judges and others involved in the case
  • Conduct research and analysis of legal problems
  • Interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals and businesses
  • Present facts in writing and verbally to their clients or others and argue on behalf of their clients
  • Prepare and file legal documents, such as lawsuits, appeals, wills, contracts, and deeds

Lawyers, also called attorneys, act as both advocates and advisors.

As advocates, they represent one of the parties in criminal or civil trials by presenting evidence and arguing in support of their client.

As advisors, lawyers counsel their clients about their legal rights and obligations and suggest courses of action in business and personal matters. All attorneys research the intent of laws and judicial decisions and apply the laws to the specific circumstances that their clients face. 

Lawyers often oversee the work of support staff, such as paralegals and legal assistants. 

Lawyers may have different titles and different duties, depending on where they work.

While working in a law firm, lawyers, sometimes called associates, perform legal work for individuals or businesses. Some attorneys who work at law firms, such as criminal law attorneys or defense attorneys, represent and defend the accused.

Attorneys also work for federal, state, and local governments. Prosecutors typically work for the government to file a lawsuit, or charge, against an individual or corporation accused of violating the law. Some may also work as public defense attorneys and represent individuals who could not afford to hire their own private attorney.

Others may work as government counsels for administrative bodies of government and executive or legislative branches. They write and interpret laws and regulations and set up procedures to enforce them. Government counsels also write legal reviews on agencies' decisions. They argue civil and criminal cases on behalf of the government.

Corporate counsels, also called in-house counsels, are lawyers who work for corporations. They advise a corporation's executives about legal issues related to the corporation's business activities. These issues may involve patents, government regulations, contracts with other companies, property interests, taxes, or collective-bargaining agreements with unions.

Legal aid lawyers work for private, nonprofit organizations that work to help disadvantaged people. They generally handle civil cases, such as those about leases, job discrimination, and wage disputes, rather than criminal cases.

In addition to working in different industries, lawyers often specialize in a particular area. The following are just some examples of the different types of lawyers that specialize in specific legal areas:

Environmental lawyers deal with issues and regulations that are related to the environment. They may represent advocacy groups, waste disposal companies, and government agencies to make sure they comply with the relevant laws.

Tax lawyers handle a variety of tax-related issues for individuals and corporations. Tax lawyers may help clients navigate complex tax regulations, so that they pay the appropriate tax on items such as income, profits, or property. For example, they may advise a corporation on how much tax it needs to pay from profits made in different states to comply with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules.

Intellectual property lawyers deal with the laws related to inventions, patents, trademarks, and creative works, such as music, books, and movies. An intellectual property lawyer may advise a client about whether it is okay to use published material in the client’s forthcoming book.

Family lawyers handle a variety of legal issues that pertain to the family. They may advise clients regarding divorce, child custody, and adoption proceedings.

Securities lawyers work on legal issues arising from the buying and selling of stocks, ensuring that all disclosure requirements are met. They may advise corporations that are interested in listing in the stock exchange through an initial public offering (IPO) or in buying shares in another corporation.

Litigation lawyers handle all lawsuits and disputes between parties. These could be disputes over contracts, personal injuries, or real estate and property. Litigation lawyers may specialize in a certain area, such as personal injury law, or may be a general lawyer for all types of disputes and lawsuits.

Some attorneys become teachers in law schools. For more information on law school professors, see the profile on postsecondary teachers.

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How To Become A Legal Adviser

All lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.

Education

Becoming a lawyer usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school—4 years of undergraduate study, followed by 3 years of law school. Most states and jurisdictions require lawyers to complete a juris doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). ABA accreditation signifies that the law school—particularly its curricula and faculty—meets certain standards.

A bachelor’s degree is required for entry into most law schools, and courses in English, public speaking, government, history, economics, and mathematics are useful.

Almost all law schools, particularly those approved by the ABA, require applicants to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). This test measures applicants’ aptitude for the study of law.

A J.D. degree program includes courses such as constitutional law, contracts, property law, civil procedure, and legal writing. Law students may choose specialized courses in areas such as tax, labor, and corporate law.

Licenses

Prospective lawyers take licensing exams called "bar exams." When a lawyer receives their license to practice law, they are "admitted to the bar."

To practice law in any state, a person must be admitted to the state’s bar under rules established by the jurisdiction’s highest court. The requirements vary by individual states and jurisdictions. For more details on individual state and jurisdiction requirements, visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Most states require that applicants graduate from an ABA-accredited law school, pass one or more written bar exams, and be found by an admitting board to have the character to represent and advise others. Prior felony convictions, academic misconduct, or a history of substance abuse are just some factors that may disqualify an applicant from being admitted to the bar.

Lawyers who want to practice in more than one state often must take the bar exam in each state.

After graduation, lawyers must keep informed about legal developments that affect their practices. Almost all states require lawyers to participate in continuing legal education either every year or every 3 years. 

Many law schools and state and local bar associations provide continuing legal education courses that help lawyers stay current with recent developments. Courses vary by state and generally cover a subject within the practice of law, such as legal ethics, taxes and tax fraud, and healthcare. Some states allow lawyers to take their continuing education credits through online courses. 

Advancement

Newly hired attorneys usually start as associates and work with more experienced lawyers. After several years, some lawyers may be admitted to partnership of their firm, which means they become partial owners of the firm.

After gaining a few years of work experience, some lawyers go into practice for themselves or move to the legal department of a large corporation. Very few in-house attorneys are hired directly out of law school.

A small number of experienced lawyers are nominated or elected to judgeships. Other lawyers may become full-time law school faculty and administrators. For more information about judges and law school faculty, see the profile on judges and hearing officers and the profile on postsecondary teachers.

Other Experience

Law students often gain practical experience by participating in school-sponsored legal clinics, in a school’s moot court competitions, in practice trials under the supervision of experienced lawyers and judges, and through research and writing on legal issues for a school’s law journals.

Part-time jobs or summer internships in law firms, government agencies, and corporate legal departments also provide valuable experience. Some smaller firms, government agencies, and public interest organizations may hire students as summer associate interns after they have completed their first year at law school. Many larger firms’ summer internship programs are only eligible to law students who have completed their second year. These experiences can help law students decide what kind of legal work they want to focus on in their careers, and these internships may lead directly to a job after graduation.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Lawyers help their clients resolve problems and issues. As a result, they must be able to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable solutions.

Interpersonal skills. Lawyers must win the respect and confidence of their clients by building a trusting relationship, so that clients feel comfortable enough to share personal information related to their case.

Problem-solving skills. Lawyers must separate their emotions and prejudice from their clients’ problems and objectively evaluate the matter. Therefore, good problem-solving skills are important for lawyers, to prepare the best defense and recommendation.

Research skills. Preparing legal advice or representation for a client commonly requires substantial research. All lawyers need to be able to find what applicable laws and regulations apply to a specific matter.

Speaking skills. Clients hire lawyers to speak on their behalf. Lawyers must be able to clearly present and explain their case to arbitrators, mediators, opposing parties, judges, or juries. 

Writing skills. Lawyers need to be precise and specific when preparing documents, such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.

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Average Length of Employment
Lawyer 4.4 years
Legal Counsel 3.5 years
Legal Specialist 3.2 years
Legal Adviser 3.0 years
Legal Analyst 2.6 years
Legal Consultant 2.5 years
Adviser 2.2 years
Legal Researcher 2.0 years
Legal Extern 0.6 years
Top Careers Before Legal Adviser
Legal Extern 11.1%
Law Clerk 10.6%
Attorney 9.8%
Internship 9.1%
Associate 6.2%
Lawyer 4.7%
Paralegal 4.3%
Judge 2.3%
Assistant 2.3%
Director 2.3%
Teacher 2.3%
Top Careers After Legal Adviser
Attorney 15.1%
Lawyer 7.2%
Consultant 6.1%
Associate 5.9%
Internship 5.4%
Volunteer 4.2%
Law Clerk 3.6%
Paralegal 3.4%
Director 3.3%
Partner 2.9%

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Legal Adviser Demographics

Gender

Male

44.9%

Female

40.4%

Unknown

14.7%
Ethnicity

White

47.9%

Hispanic or Latino

23.7%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

7.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.5%

French

15.1%

Russian

7.7%

Arabic

6.0%

Italian

4.9%

German

3.9%

Urdu

2.8%

Dari

2.5%

Portuguese

2.5%

Chinese

2.5%

Hindi

1.8%

Romanian

1.4%

Mandarin

1.4%

Korean

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Persian

1.4%

Cantonese

0.7%

Bulgarian

0.7%

Hungarian

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%
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Legal Adviser Education

Schools

American University

12.3%

Georgetown University

10.1%

George Washington University

8.2%

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

7.1%

Harvard University

6.3%

New York Law School

5.6%

Boston University

5.2%

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

4.1%

Southwestern Law School

3.7%

Columbia University

3.7%

John Marshall Law School

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.7%

California Western School of Law

3.4%

National University

3.4%

Golden Gate University-San Francisco

3.4%

Judge Advocate General's School, U. S. Army

3.4%

Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law

3.4%

University of San Diego

3.4%

University of Cincinnati

3.0%

Santa Clara University

3.0%
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Majors

Law

57.2%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

13.4%

Business

5.1%

Political Science

4.1%

Criminal Justice

2.6%

Legal Studies

2.4%

Legal Support Services

2.1%

English

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Management

1.2%

International Relations

1.2%

International Business

1.1%

Public Administration

1.0%

Accounting

1.0%

Education

0.8%

Economics

0.8%

Taxation

0.7%

Communication

0.6%

Human Resources Management

0.6%

Health Care Administration

0.6%
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Degrees

Doctorate

34.1%

Masters

29.7%

Bachelors

14.5%

Other

13.4%

Certificate

4.8%

Diploma

2.0%

Associate

1.3%

License

0.2%
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Min 10%
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Median 50%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Legal Adviser make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Legal Adviser in the United States is $94,395 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $48,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $182,000.

Real Legal Adviser Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Foreign Legal Advisor Transfield Services Americas, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Feb 06, 2012 $250,000 -
$300,000
Foreign Legal Advisor Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, LLP New York, NY Sep 12, 2012 $210,000
Legal Advisor Atelier Editions Los Angeles, CA Sep 26, 2016 $208,700 -
$313,050
Legal Advisor Burford Group LLC New York, NY Jan 03, 2011 $205,400 -
$250,000
Infrastructure Legal Advisor Nossaman LLP Los Angeles, CA Dec 01, 2013 $168,500
Foreign Legal Advisor Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP New York, NY Sep 12, 2012 $165,000
Foreign Legal Advisor Norton Rose Fulbright Us LLP Washington, DC Sep 03, 2015 $165,000
Foreign Legal Advisor Norton Rose Fulbright Us LLP New York, NY Jun 27, 2016 $160,000
China Legal Adviser Nguyen & Chen, LLP Houston, TX Aug 29, 2016 $160,000
Foreign Legal Advisor/Claims Manager Eagle Shipping International (USA) LLC New York, NY Sep 26, 2011 $150,000
Foreign Legal Advisor Box, Inc. Los Altos, CA Mar 04, 2013 $150,000 -
$170,000
Senior Legal Advisor Human Rights Watch New York, NY Jan 09, 2012 $112,614
International Legal Affairs Advisor JTC Miami Corporation Miami, FL Feb 22, 2016 $108,430
Legal Advisor Zamperla, Inc. Boonton, NJ Aug 14, 2015 $106,870
Legal Advisor Faegre Baker Daniels LLP Indianapolis, IN Mar 31, 2014 $105,000 -
$125,000
Legal Advisor Faegre Baker Daniels LLP Indianapolis, IN Jul 26, 2014 $105,000 -
$125,000
Legal Advisor McBar International, Inc. Laredo, TX Jun 19, 2012 $102,731
Mexican Legal Advisor Grin-LH Forwarding Co. Inc. Laredo, TX Dec 05, 2011 $102,731
International Legal Advisor Filmmakers Alliance, Inc. New York, NY Jan 01, 2011 $88,000
Foreign Legal Advisor Save On Scents Inc. New York, NY Jan 01, 2011 $87,863
Foreign Legal Advisor Absolutely Lingerie, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 01, 2011 $85,964
Legal Advisor My American Dream Inc. CA Nov 15, 2013 $85,317
Foreign Legal Advisor Personal Financial Services of America Fort Lauderdale, FL Jun 27, 2012 $85,030
Foreign Legal Advisor Personal Financial Services of America Fort Lauderdale, FL Apr 27, 2012 $85,030
Foreign Legal Advisor Bros Global Marketing Inc. Sunrise, FL Aug 02, 2012 $85,030
Foreign Legal Advisor/Claims Manager Eagle Shipping International (USA) LLC. Stamford, CT Jan 09, 2016 $85,000

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Top Skills for A Legal Adviser

  1. Legal Documents
  2. Legal Advisor
  3. Law Enforcement
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  • Analyzed and prepared legal documents for payment of liability judgments against the government
  • Served as legal advisor for all counterintelligence investigations, operations and collection efforts conducted by the 902d Military Intelligence Group.
  • Responded to congressional and media inquiries and Developed and presented monthly eight-hour Advanced Fourth Amendment training to experienced law enforcement officers.
  • Research comparative applications of Section 9-316 of the Uniform Commercial Code throughout the United States to ensure compliance with its provisions.
  • Counseled Ministry executives on their own international contractual negotiations with non-Iraqi multinational oil companies.

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