Job Title: Lawyer
Type of Company: Our office provides mainly bankruptcy, family law, criminal defense and personal injury representation to individuals in the local community. We do not market services to businesses.
Education: BA, Political Science, Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY) JD, New England School of Law (Boston, MA)
Previous Experience: I worked in several law offices and at an insurance company before becoming self-employed.
Job Tasks: Our office provides personal legal services to individuals in need of legal solutions to their problems. A potential client will make a phone call to our office to speak with a lawyer about a problem he's having. Most frequent issues our office deals with: a marriage that is ending; a situation in which the caller is overwhelmed by financial obligations and debts he's unable to pay; having been injured by a third party in an accident or due to negligence, or having been charged by the police in a criminal case. Personalized communication and knowledge of the law are the most important skills necessary. Conveying confidence in your ability to help the caller and your knowledge of the area of law concerned is the key to success. Then, when you are successful at convincing a client that you are the right lawyer for the job, you need to follow through in a diligent manner to satisfy the needs of your client in the best outcome possible.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: In a small law practice, you are continually meeting with many different people each day, each with a different set of circumstances makes the job continually interesting and challenging. Most lawyers travel from court to court and travel a significant portion of the week in a local area so as not to be stuck in an office all day which makes things more interesting. Continually advocating for your client in different forums keeps you sharp and is intellectually stimulating.
Job Tips: In school, try your hardest at all times to get the best grades so you can graduate at the top of your class to get the best jobs after graduation. Take classes based on your interest in pursuing that area of the law, not because it is an easy grade. The more exposure you get to different areas of the law the better. Consider taking accounting and marketing courses in college. Become proficient in technology for efficiency in doing your job. Find part-time jobs working in firms over the summer doing any job. After graduation, seek a job in a law firm to learn the way it works before going out on your own.
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