What does a Lawyer do?

A lawyer is a trained legal professional. Lawyers can give advice to business or government entities on legal matters such as contracts or policy. With the appropriate licensing, they can also represent clients in a court of law defending their rights while upholding local and federal legislation. Lawyers often work in private and corporate offices or for the government. Most work more than 40 hours per week.

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Working as a Lawyer

The daily work of a lawyer can include:

  • Meeting with and advising clients on legal issues
  • Conducting research and analysis of legal problems
  • Preparing legal documents such as contracts, wills, deeds and lawsuits
  • Representing clients in law courts and before government entities
  • Overseeing paralegals and other support staff
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How much does a Lawyer make in California?

12 salaries reported, updated at December 22, 2020
$88,083
per year

The average salary for a lawyer is $88,083 per year in California.

63% higher
than national average

Most common benefits

  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Parental leave
  • 401(k) matching
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about being a Lawyer

What is the difference between a lawyer and an attorney?

In the U.S., the terms lawyer and attorney are often used interchangeably. A lawyer provides legal services such as giving legal advice, writing legal documents and providing policy counsel to governments. An attorney, on top of these things also holds a state or regional license to represent clients in a law court. Please check the following page for more information about attorney: (https://www.indeed.com/career/attorney/salaries?utm_source=google&utm_medium=rich_content&utm_campaign=faq_hyperlink_exp&utm_term=lawyer)

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Are there areas of specialization as a lawyer?

There are many areas of specialization within the legal profession, and it's common for lawyers to specialize in one or two of them. These specializations include:

  • Family law
  • Divorce law
  • Contract law
  • Criminal law
  • Immigration law
  • Accident and personal injury law
  • Bankruptcy law
  • Business and corporate law
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