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: (

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How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a lawyer?

If you’re unsure about what salary is appropriate for a lawyer, visit Indeed's Salary Calculator to get a free, personalized pay range based on your location, industry and experience.

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How long does it take to finish law school to become a lawyer?

In the U.S., it normally take three years to complete law school full time to become a lawyer. Some schools offer part-time programs that take four years to complete.

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Are there areas of specialization as a lawyer?

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