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NONPROFIT ATTORNEY, IN-DEPTH: Never Give Up

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Maisha, a staff attorney at a nonprofit organization, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and her work-life balance. She tells us that her job can be very challenging when she can't help a client. She was disheartened when she didn't pass the bar the first time, but her grandmother encouraged her to take it again which led to her career today.

Degree: Law
Job Title: Nonprofit Attorney

Job Summary: Lawyers

Job Description

Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, or government agencies on legal issues or disputes. Lawyers, also called attorneys, act as both advocates and advisors. As advocates, they represent one of the parties in criminal and civil trials by presenting evidence and arguing in court to support their client. As advisors, lawyers counsel their clients about their legal rights and obligations and suggest courses of action in business and personal matters. All attorneys research the intent of laws and judicial decisions and apply the laws to the specific circumstances that their clients face.

On-the-Job Training

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Becoming licensed as a lawyer is called being "admitted to the bar" and licensing exams are called "bar exams."

To practice law in any state, a person must be admitted to its bar under rules established by the jurisdiction’s highest court. The requirements vary by individual states and jurisdictions.

Most states require that applicants graduate from an ABA-accredited law school, pass one or more written bar exams, and be found by an admitting board to have the character to represent and advise others. Lawyers who want to practice in more than one state must often take separate bar exams in each state.

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Average salary
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$55,000 - $170,000
Projected job growth
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10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
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Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
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Office, Indoor, Military
Personal qualities
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Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Public speaking ability

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<span m='11740'>is</span> <span m='12380'>the</span> <span m='12480'>inability</span> <span m='13020'>to</span> <span m='13100'>help</span> <span m='13510'>everyone</span> <span m='13930'>who</span> <span m='14070'>calls.</span> <span m='15200'>Sometimes</span> <span m='16270'>I</span> <span m='16379'>don't</span> <span m='16540'>know</span> <span m='16650'>the</span> <span m='16750'>answer,</span> <span m='17470'>or</span> <span m='17860'>sometimes</span> <span m='18410'>I</span> <span m='18570'>can't</span> <span m='18910'>go</span> <span m='19070'>to</span> <span m='19170'>court</span> <span m='19460'>with</span> <span m='19580'>a</span> <span m='19650'>specific</span> <span m='20600'>client</span> <span m='21040'>on</span> <span m='21160'>a</span> <span m='21210'>specific</span> <span m='21710'>issue,</span> <span m='22550'>and</span> <span m='22770'>it</span> <span m='22890'>just</span> <span m='22950'>breaks</span> <span m='23170'>my</span> <span m='23320'>heart</span> <span m='23620'>if</span> <span m='23780'>there's</span> <span m='23990'>nothing</span> <span m='24220'>I</span> <span m='24290'>can</span> <span m='24430'>do</span> <span m='24550'>to</span> <span m='24610'>help</span> <span m='24860'>them.</span> <span m='25070'>So</span> <span m='25240'>that's</span> <span m='25550'>the</span> <span m='25620'>hardest</span> <span m='26200'>part</span> <span m='26530'>of</span> <span m='26620'>this</span> <span m='26810'>job</span> <span m='27060'>for</span> <span m='27220'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='28130'>The</span> <span m='28340'>key</span> <span m='28530'>decision</span> <span m='28880'>that</span> <span m='29000'>I</span> <span m='29070'>made</span> <span m='29300'>to</span> <span m='29380'>get where</span> <span m='29620'>I</span> <span m='29770'>am</span> <span m='29910'>today</span> <span m='30230'>is</span> <span m='30450'>never</span> <span m='30700'>giving</span> <span m='31010'>up.</span> <span m='31700'>It</span> <span m='31910'>would</span> <span m='32060'>have</span> <span m='32140'>been</span> <span m='32290'>hard</span> <span m='32720'>for</span> <span m='32830'>me</span> <span m='32950'>to</span> <span m='33010'>give</span> <span m='33230'>up</span> <span m='33390'>after</span> <span m='33910'>not</span> <span m='34120'>passing</span> <span m='34450'>the</span> <span m='34530'>bar</span> <span m='34770'>the</span> <span m='34880'>first</span> <span m='35140'>time,</span> <span m='35910'>but</span> <span m='36440'>my</span> <span m='36660'>grandmother</span> <span m='36950'>told</span> <span m='37210'>me</span> <span m='37780'>that</span> <span m='38060'>I</span> <span m='38140'>had to keep</span> <span m='38340'>on pushing</span> <span m='39010'>it.</span> <span m='39210'>I</span> <span m='39410'>was</span> <span m='39600'>super,</span> <span m='40200'>super</span> <span m='40470'>frustrated,</span> <span m='41450'>so</span> <span m='41620'>she</span> <span m='42120'>even</span> <span m='42440'>paid my</span> <span m='42540'>late</span> <span m='42810'>fee</span> <span m='43060'>for</span> <span m='43200'>the</span> <span m='43310'>bar</span> <span m='43560'>exam</span> <span m='43900'>the</span> <span m='43980'>second</span> <span m='44300'>time.</span> <span m='45020'>And</span> <span m='45180'>I</span> <span m='45240'>had to</span> <span m='45575'>just</span> <span m='45910'>keep</span> <span m='46080'>telling</span> <span m='46290'>myself</span> <span m='47070'>that</span> <span m='47230'>I</span> <span m='47290'>couldn't</span> <span m='47680'>give</span> <span m='47880'>up,</span> <span m='48300'>couldn't</span> <span m='48570'>give</span> <span m='48730'>up,</span> <span m='48890'>because</span> <span m='49190'>once</span> <span m='49510'>I</span> <span m='49650'>passed</span> <span m='50050'>the</span> <span m='50110'>bar,</span> <span m='50560'>no</span> <span m='51010'>one</span> <span m='51280'>could</span> <span m='51370'>take</span> <span m='51430'>that</span> <span m='51640'>away</span> <span m='51920'>from</span> <span m='52080'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='52940'>It</span> <span m='53100'>is</span> <span m='53290'>hard</span> <span m='53530'>to</span> <span m='53640'>find</span> <span m='53920'>work</span> <span m='54200'>as</span> <span m='54380'>an</span> <span m='54450'>attorney</span> <span m='54800'>in</span> <span m='54890'>the</span> <span m='54970'>nonprofit</span> <span m='55510'>field,</span> <span m='56000'>because</span> <span m='56440'>there are</span> <span m='56630'>not</span> <span m='56860'>a</span> <span m='56980'>lot</span> <span m='57270'>of</span> <span m='57550'>legal</span> <span m='57910'>positions</span> <span m='58390'>in</span> <span m='58470'>nonprofit,</span> <span m='59480'>and</span> <span m='59620'>the</span> <span m='59670'>people</span> <span m='59920'>who</span> <span m='60050'>are</span> <span m='60180'>in</span> <span m='60360'>those</span> <span m='60540'>positions</span> <span m='61550'>don't</span> <span m='61780'>want</span> <span m='61880'>to</span> <span m='61930'>give</span> <span m='62080'>them</span> <span m='62240'>up</span> <span m='62540'>because</span> <span m='62810'>they</span> <span m='62940'>love</span> <span m='63200'>their</span> <span m='63330'>work.</span> <span m='64050'>So</span> <span m='64670'>it</span> <span m='64870'>just</span> <span m='66170'>is</span> <span m='66300'>a</span> <span m='66360'>matter</span> <span m='66720'>of</span> <span m='67180'>knowing</span> <span m='67560'>the</span> <span m='67650'>right</span> <span m='67860'>people</span> <span m='68540'>and</span> <span m='68790'>being</span> <span m='68990'>at</span> <span m='69120'>the</span> <span m='69210'>right</span> <span m='69480'>place</span> <span m='69760'>at</span> <span m='69900'>the</span> <span m='70000'>right</span> <span m='70240'>time.</span> <span m='71110'>I</span> <span m='71210'>got</span> <span m='71390'>my</span> <span m='71490'>current</span> <span m='71870'>job</span> <span m='72650'>through</span> <span m='72910'>a</span> <span m='72970'>friend</span> <span m='73750'>who</span> <span m='73870'>knew</span> <span m='74060'>a</span> <span m='74120'>friend</span> <span m='75120'>who</span> <span m='75680'>knew</span> <span m='75890'>a</span> <span m='75940'>friend.</span> <span m='76690'>And</span> <span m='77070'>that's</span> <span m='77430'>how</span> <span m='77540'>I</span> <span m='77610'>got</span> <span m='78380'>my</span> <span m='78500'>current</span> <span m='78790'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='79320'>My</span> <span m='79490'>work-life</span> <span m='79890'>balance</span> <span m='80300'>is</span> <span m='80620'>great.</span> <span m='81200'>I</span> <span m='81330'>have</span> <span m='81530'>two</span> <span m='81810'>small</span> <span m='82140'>children,</span> <span m='82790'>and</span> <span m='83230'>I</span> <span m='83270'>have</span> <span m='83510'>the</span> <span m='83620'>ability</span> <span m='84100'>and</span> <span m='84190'>the</span> <span m='84290'>flexibility</span> <span m='85180'>to</span> <span m='85520'>volunteer</span> <span m='86010'>at</span> <span m='86090'>their</span> <span m='86230'>school</span> <span m='86600'>when</span> <span m='86740'>I</span> <span m='86840'>need</span> <span m='87090'>to,</span> <span m='87525'>to</span> <span m='87960'>take</span> <span m='88230'>off</span> <span m='88710'>when</span> <span m='88860'>they're</span> <span m='89010'>sick,</span> <span m='89530'>or</span> <span m='90040'>to</span> <span m='90120'>bring</span> <span m='90320'>them</span> <span m='90470'>to</span> <span m='90550'>work.</span> <span m='91240'>So</span> <span m='91510'>I</span> <span m='91640'>can</span> <span m='91820'>honestly</span> <span m='92240'>say</span> <span m='92530'>that</span> <span m='92950'>my</span> <span m='93110'>work-life</span> <span m='93530'>balance</span> <span m='93950'>has</span> <span m='94220'>been</span> <span m='94420'>great.</span> <span m='95920'>I</span> <span m='96010'>can't</span> <span m='96250'>really</span> <span m='96410'>complain</span> <span m='96740'>about</span> <span m='97040'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":378751,"video_id":"3374565758001","name":"2317-Maisha-NonprofitAttorney2 In-depth","duration":98012,"thumbnail_url":null}});