Career Details

Lawyer (Commercial Litigator)

Career Overview

In general, lawyers advise clients on how to conduct various activities within the scope of the law. In addition, they represent clients during legal disputes. Andrea, the lawyer featured in the video, represents corporations and lending institutions.

Education

A law degree, which typically takes three years to earn after first earning a four-year bachelor’s degree, is required to obtain this position. The bachelor’s degree can potentially be in any area, but the following degrees may provide for an advantage for someone who wants to be a commercial litigator - history, political science, accounting, economics, or a related field.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$56,000 /yr
$120,000 /yr
$208,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Math
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Political Science
  • Public Speaking
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • Accounting
  • Government
Future Outlook

There will likely be a lot of competition for jobs as a lawyer (in general) because of the large number of people with law degrees.

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Work Environment

Lawyers can work for law firms, large companies, or the government. This work may require many hours per week along with work on the weekends.

Schools
References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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