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Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

    Work Activities
    • Analyze the probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents.
    • Advise clients concerning business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits, or legal rights and obligations.
    • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges, and question witnesses during the course of a trial.
    • Interpret laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses.
    • Present evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in criminal or civil litigation.
    • Work in environmental law, representing public interest groups, waste disposal companies, or construction firms in their dealings with state and federal agencies.
    • Represent clients in court or before government agencies.
    • Present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
    • Study Constitution, statutes, decisions, regulations, and ordinances of quasi-judicial bodies to determine ramifications for cases.
    • Prepare, draft, and review legal documents, such as wills, deeds, patent applications, mortgages, leases, and contracts.
    • Negotiate settlements of civil disputes.
    • Supervise legal assistants.
    • Examine legal data to determine advisability of defending or prosecuting lawsuit.
    • Evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases.
    • Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions, by such means as interviewing clients and witnesses to ascertain the facts of a case.
    • Probate wills and represent and advise executors and administrators of estates.
    • Prepare legal briefs and opinions, and file appeals in state and federal courts of appeal.
    • Search for and examine public and other legal records to write opinions or establish ownership.
    • Act as agent, trustee, guardian, or executor for businesses or individuals.
    • Confer with colleagues with specialties in appropriate areas of legal issue to establish and verify bases for legal proceedings.
    • Perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law.
    • Help develop federal and state programs, draft and interpret laws and legislation, and establish enforcement procedures.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    7
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Knowledge
    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $98,530/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $47.37/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 20,150
    • Yearly Projected Openings 830
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • High capacity removable media drives
    • Desktop computers
    Technology
    • Project management software
    • Presentation software
    • Document management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Accounting software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.