Job Title: Lawyer
Type of Company: I am a self-employed attorney. I sometimes work with another attorney in a nearby town, covering legal cases for one another.
Education: BA, Psychology, Temple University JD, New England Law School
Previous Experience: I worked as a law clerk while in law school. When I graduated I worked as a lawyer for the City of Boston. I worked on trials defending the city and city employees who were being sued. I usually went to court about two times a week.
Job Tasks: One of my jobs is to represent people who are buying or selling a house. A client will call me to review an offer on a house. Then I negotiate the written contract of sale called a "Purchase and Sale Agreement" to be sure that all the elements that my client needs are included in the contract. After the house passes inspections and any mortgage loans are approved, I go to the real estate closing and we sign all the important documents, some of which I record in the local registry of deeds.
I also draft wills for my clients. People want to leave their property to the people they care about after they die. So they come to me and tell me who they want to leave their things to. I then write up there wishes in a legal document that they must sign according to state law.
Sometimes people want to buy or sell a business so they come to me. We explore all their concerns while examining the existing business. Then I draft or write a written contract that spells out all the details of the sale. I negotiate all the terms of the contract to make sure that all the laws are followed and that my client's needs are met. All the documents are then signed or executed and filed with the appropriate officials and departments.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is meeting good people and making sure that all of their interests are met. Most of the time my clients are very happy.
I do not like it when I have to deal with unreasonable or mean people and they act to obstruct a deal that should be easy.
Job Tips: If you are interested in a career in the law, take a varied course load in college. Try to take courses to learn about many different subjects to widen your knowledge and experience. I would also try to take English and writing courses that will help you in law school. History is also a subject that will prove helpful, but do not feel as if you have to concentrate on political science courses unless it is something that really interests you.
Additional Thoughts: I think that you have to have a great deal of honesty and integrity to practice law effectively and always serve your clients well.
These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).
Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law is a regionally accredited nonprofit law school. Our school is accredited by both the Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College and University Commission and the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.
Hofstra University is a private institution whose primary mission is to provide a quality education to its students in an environment that encourages, nurtures and supports learning through the free and open exchange of ideas for the betterment of humankind.
Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.
Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.
Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.
Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Lawyers, including: