Ever wonder what being a lawyer might look like?

You may be picturing this:

Elle Woods in Legally Blonde standing in court as a law student.

But law is a very diverse field with many career options!

So, how do you know if becoming a lawyer is right for you?

What Do They Do?

  • Provide counselling advice to clients on legal matters

  • Represent clients in state, provincial, or federal courts of law

  • Represent clients in civil disputes

  • Write legal documents and contracts on behalf of clients

  • Perform regular administrative tasks related to running a business

Confident business women in a suit holding a tablet and touching her chin.

There Are So Many Different Types Of Law!

  • Criminal

  • Entertainment

  • Tax

  • Administrative

  • Real Estate

  • Personal Injury

  • Civil Rights

  • Environmental

  • Family

  • Health

  • Immigration

  • Corporate

  • Employment

  • International

Steve Carell in The Office saying

Quiz

Which type of lawyer most likely represents clients in issues involving water laws, climate change laws, and land management laws?

Where Do Lawyers Spend Most Of Their Time?

In Law Firms or Offices

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  • Most lawyers work in and meet with clients in law firms or law offices.

In Court

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  • Sometimes lawyers have to represent their clients in court.

Quiz

Should you become a lawyer if you enjoy spending most of your time in an office?

Skills For A Legal Career

  • Communication skills

  • Problem solving skills

  • Analytical thinking

  • Organizational abilities

  • Computer skills

  • Working under pressure

Will It Pay The Bills?

Flaticon Icon In Canada, the average salary for a Lawyer is $75,672 CAD.

Flaticon Icon In the United States, the average salary for a Lawyer is $85,798 USD.

You'll Love It If...

  • You enjoy writing and researching, especially cases and legal data.

  • You like to collaborate with clients and coworkers.

  • You are a problem solver and would enjoy preparing cases to win.

  • You wouldn't mind working long hours and spending most of your time in an office.

    Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show happily shouting

Look For Another Career Path If...

  • You wouldn't enjoy sitting at a desk and staring at a computer for most of the day.

  • You aren't willing to do detailed and repetitive work for weeks at a time.

  • You aren't comfortable working under pressure.

  • You wouldn't enjoy researching cases and legal information.

    Bernie Sanders saying

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Emily P.

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