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The Many Types Of Laws And Lawyers

Apr 22, 2008
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 American 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.

Many areas of law now exist to meet the needs of a complex society; examples of just a few are show below:

Constitutional Law

Criminal Law

International law

Marine Law


This specialization means that some legal representatives may never have to practice their skills in court!

Representing environmental issues can mean they may work for the government or private companies; some are shown below:

Waste Disposal Companies

State agencies


Part of this work is dealing with land and development applications; it can also be in a defense capacity when incidents have happened that require legal representation.

Intellectual property rights is one of the newer branches of law that attorneys are involved in; designed to protect products from theft and copyright primarily in the field of digital media like computer programs. Lawyers who have decided to become experts in Insurance Law are often used by insurance companies in a permanent capacity; insurance terms and conditions often change to protect the company from fraudulent claims but they can also be useful performing insurance investigations.

Most attorneys work in the private sector working on criminal or civil law; in criminal law, they represent individuals who have been charged with crimes and argue their cases in courts of law; whereas civil law deals with civil disputes, usually between two parties.

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.
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