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Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Lawyer field.
ID Job Title Gender Age Earnings City & State Date
33864 Associate Attorney Female 30 $83,000 Elgin, IL 01/01/2010
33801 Assistant Attorney General (Lawyer) Female 25 $52,500 Springfield, IL 01/01/2010
33791 Staff Attorney Female 31 $55,800 medway, MA 01/01/2010
33755 Attorney Male 34 $65,000 St. Louis, MO 01/01/2010
33496 Attorney Female 30 $180,000 Austin, TX 01/01/2010


For any type of issue, there is an attorney who can assist individuals in finding a resolution. While it may not always be an easy career path, attorneys play a vital role within our nation?s legal system.

Regardless of what type of law you are interested in practicing, becoming a lawyer requires an extended education. The first step is to obtain an undergraduate degree. As long as you can maintain a GPA above 3.0, it does not really matter what subject area you decide to major in, although it?s advisable to major in a related subject. Next, you must take the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) before you can be accepted into a law school. Once accepted into law school, it typically takes about three years to obtain a law degree.

However, having a degree does not mean you are actually ready to practice law; in order to become a practicing attorney, you must pass the state bar examination for each state where you want to practice.

While the professional requirements and process remains the same, there is a wide range of practice areas that you can pursue while in law school. Just a few of the common types of attorneys include:

  • Business lawyer
  • Family lawyer
  • Intellectual property lawyer
  • Personal injury lawyer
  • Real estate lawyer
  • Tax lawyer

We interviewed actual attorneys one-on-one to help you learn more about this career path, including educational backgrounds, career paths, salaries, pros and cons, and more. Check out the career profiles below to learn more.

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