Represents clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster Legal Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Represents clients in court or before government agencies.
- Presents evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in criminal or civil litigation.
- Selects jurors, argues motions, meets with judges, and questions witnesses during the course of a trial.
- Interprets laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses.
- Studies Constitution, statutes, decisions, regulations, and ordinances of quasi-judicial bodies to determine ramifications for cases.
- Presents and summarizes cases to judges and juries.
- Prepares legal briefs and opinions, and files appeals in state and federal courts of appeal.
- Analyzes the probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents.
- Examines legal data to determine advisability of defending or prosecuting lawsuit.
- Evaluates findings and develops strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases.
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