By: Kay Brown
A lawyer is someone trained in aspects of law and the legal system usually providing legal advice; they can also be called attorneys and act as both advocates and advisors in society. When a lawyer enters the courtroom to represent a client they are called an advocate; for many, this is not something they wish to pursue, passing over cases to others that prefer this type of legal representation. When advising on the issues relating to the law they become legal advisors; whether the matter is personal or business, they are there to provide assistance.
One who primarily practices law in a courtroom is a trial lawyer; this does not appeal to everyone because it requires fast thinking plus a confident manner, and those who prefer to carry out his work are paid very well.However a great deal of a trial lawyer’s time is spent outside the court; they investigate the case they are representing, talk to witnesses and arranging evidence, for example.
It is difficult to get away from the law in any of its aspects; this is why lawyers are held in high regard but they must live up to this by living and working by a strict code of ethics. Depending on what area of specialization they work in will decide whether they practice in a courtroom; although they are all able to represent their clients in this manner when required.
There are many areas now where a lawyer can specialize; examples of just a few are show below:
Considering the number of legal representatives there are, it is surprising just how many will never be required to attend a court of law!
Those who decide to become experts in environmental law may represent any side relating to the disputed issue; for instance:
Representatives in this field may be arranging for their clients to carry out certain actions; they might also represent a company in a civil action resulting from work they have already undertaken.
Lawyers are also involved with laws protecting intellectual property rights, an area much in the news of late; property like digital media, CD’s, computer games and software for instance, are particularly at risk since the advent of the Internet. Legal departments within insurance companies also employ specialist lawyers; they investigate the legality of insurance transactions, writing insurance policies to conform with the law and protect companies from false claims.
Most lawyers work in the private sector working on criminal or civil law; criminal lawyers defend or prosecute persons charged with a crime; civil law assists clients experiencing litigation problems with wills, trusts, contracts, mortgages, titles, and leases for example.
Where there are high profile cases that may affect the public, or be in their interest, other legal specialists operate; this can be where a large company or government body may be involved with actions that have affected the general public. Still other lawyers use their skills working for non-profit organizations and other charitable bodies; they help to look after the legal rights of disadvantaged and less fortunate people around the world.