To enter the legal profession, you must first decide whether to pursue a career as an attorney or as an advocate. Lawyers work for law firms and corporations, while advocates represent clients in courtrooms, before administrative boards and regulatory agencies, at trade meetings and conventions, on juries and in arbitrations. Attorneys usually start out working for small firms that provide general practice services such as real estate closings or drafting business contracts; they eventually become partners of the firm managing its affairs. If you’re interested in pursuing an advocacy career rather than becoming a lawyer yourself (and many people are), then it is important to understand what makes up the difference between these two careers. Advocates represent their clients without compensation; lawyers do not go into private practice but instead join large law firms where they help corporate entities with their legal needs—in particular litigation matters involving disputes over business transactions. Since attorneys can make money by charging for their time (but may also receive free labor), this often makes them more valuable to businesses than advocates who charge no fees whatsoever. Also keep in mind that some individuals prefer one type of practice over another because they like dealing with facts rather than feelings; others prefer conflict-free settings where everyone agrees with each other’s positions all of the time.
How much does a good trial lawyer make?
The average starting salary for young associates at major American law firms ranges from $56,000 per year to $160