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ATTORNEY: You Can Always Find Work If You Are Committed, Passionate, Trust-Worthy & Results-Driven

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Solomon is a general-practice attorney from Nigeria, who is also an associate of the American Bar Association. He highly recommends the legal field: if you are effective and efficient, clients will seek you out.

Degree: Law
Job Title: 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.

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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.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$55,000 - $170,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
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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m='17290'>in</span> <span m='17770'>Nigeria.</span> <span m='18840'>Here,</span> <span m='19290'>I</span> <span m='19460'>enjoy</span> <span m='20760'>practicing</span> <span m='21150'>as</span> <span m='21310'>a</span> <span m='21380'>lawyer.</span> <span m='22230'>I have</span> <span m='22500'>been</span> <span m='22700'>called</span> <span m='22920'>to</span> <span m='23020'>the</span> <span m='23120'>Nigerian</span> <span m='23610'>Bar.</span> <span m='24480'>In</span> <span m='24610'>the</span> <span m='24710'>past</span> <span m='25150'>18</span> <span m='25550'>years,</span> <span m='26630'>I</span> <span m='26710'>was</span> <span m='26900'>actually</span> <span m='27240'>called</span> <span m='27460'>27th of March, 1995,</span> <span m='30540'>and</span> <span m='30630'>it's</span> <span m='30830'>been</span> <span m='31070'>a</span> <span m='31380'>worthwhile</span> <span m='31650'>experience</span> <span m='32280'>for</span> <span m='32400'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='33720'>It's</span> <span m='33910'>as</span> <span m='34060'>a</span> <span m='34130'>result</span> <span m='34490'>of</span> <span m='34670'>this</span> <span m='34870'>worthwhile</span> <span m='35280'>experience</span> <span m='36380'>I</span> <span m='36520'>decided</span> <span m='37810'>to</span> <span m='37940'>be</span> <span m='38210'>a</span> <span m='38310'>member</span> <span m='39460'>of</span> <span m='39730'>the</span> <span m='39950'>American</span> <span m='40440'>Bar</span> <span m='40830'>Association</span> <span m='41545'>as an</span> <span m='41830'>associate</span> <span m='42090'>member.</span> <span m='42730'>And</span> <span m='42890'>I've</span> <span m='43020'>been</span> <span m='43330'>an</span> <span m='43570'>associate</span> <span m='43860'>member</span> <span m='44060'>of the</span> <span m='44190'>Nigerian</span> <span m='44490'>Bar</span> <span m='44820'>Association</span> <span m='45260'>in</span> <span m='45340'>the</span> <span m='45430'>past</span> <span m='45960'>three</span> <span m='46240'>years.</span> <span m='47090'>So</span> <span m='47390'>it's</span> <span m='47550'>worked</span> <span m='48410'>well</span> <span m='48840'>for</span> <span m='49130'>me</span> <span m='49660'>to</span> <span m='49800'>find</span> <span m='50080'>myself</span> <span m='51190'>being</span> <span m='51560'>a</span> <span m='51750'>participant</span> <span m='53030'>and</span> <span m='53150'>an</span> <span m='53340'>attendee</span> <span m='53970'>at</span> <span m='54600'>this</span> <span m='54920'>year's</span> <span m='55800'>ABA</span> <span m='58020'>Annual</span> <span m='58380'>Conference,</span> <span m='59140'>taking</span> <span m='59410'>place</span> <span m='59550'>here</span> <span m='59660'>in</span> <span m='59930'>San Francisco.</span> </p><p><span m='61290'>I</span> <span m='61660'>recommend</span> <span m='62020'>this</span> <span m='62430'>to</span> <span m='62650'>young,</span> <span m='63160'>upcoming</span> <span m='65190'>people</span> <span m='65290'>in</span> <span m='65780'>school,</span> <span m='65980'>and</span> <span m='66600'>students</span> <span m='66890'>in</span> <span m='67040'>school,</span> <span m='67330'>in</span> <span m='67560'>high</span> <span m='67720'>school,</span> <span m='68640'>in</span> <span m='68800'>colleges,</span> <span m='69950'>too,</span> <span m='70420'>and</span> <span m='70890'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='71730'>studies.</span> <span m='73100'>Pursue</span> <span m='73400'>a</span> <span m='73850'>career</span> <span m='74300'>oriented</span> <span m='75290'>profession,</span> <span m='76740'>like</span> <span m='76970'>the</span> <span m='77120'>legal</span> <span m='77380'>profession,</span> <span m='78340'>and</span> <span m='78660'>they'll</span> <span m='78830'>find a</span> <span m='79070'>lot</span> <span m='79280'>of</span> <span m='79510'>satisfaction.</span> <span m='80710'>Yeah,</span> <span m='80980'>back</span> <span m='81300'>home</span> <span m='81940'>I'm</span> <span m='82340'>generally</span> <span m='83070'>into</span> <span m='84870'>generally</span> <span m='85150'>good</span> <span m='85290'>practice,</span> <span m='86290'>because</span> <span m='86630'>back</span> <span m='86750'>home in</span> <span m='87100'>Nigeria,</span> <span m='88530'>it's</span> <span m='88720'>not</span> <span m='88820'>mandated</span> <span m='89230'>that you</span> <span m='89400'>must</span> <span m='89880'>specialize</span> <span m='90700'>in</span> <span m='91540'>a</span> <span m='91630'>particular</span> <span m='92370'>aspect</span> <span m='92690'>of</span> <span m='92840'>law.</span> </p><p><span m='93720'>If</span> <span m='94020'>I</span> <span m='94460'>find</span> <span m='94760'>claims,</span> <span m='95210'>or</span> <span m='95340'>claims</span> <span m='95590'>who</span> <span m='96020'>have</span> <span m='97190'>legal</span> <span m='97500'>needs</span> <span m='97960'>for</span> <span m='98850'>matrimonial</span> <span m='99450'>courses,</span> <span m='99680'>I</span> <span m='99900'>tend</span> <span m='100270'>to</span> <span m='100420'>read</span> <span m='101160'>civil</span> <span m='101380'>litigation.</span> <span m='102120'>I</span> <span m='102290'>do</span> <span m='103320'>criminal</span> <span m='103490'>litigation.</span> <span m='103990'>I</span> <span m='104110'>also</span> <span m='104460'>participate</span> <span m='104810'>in it.</span> <span m='105690'>And</span> <span m='105810'>I'm</span> <span m='106090'>a</span> <span m='106170'>member</span> <span m='106300'>of a</span> <span m='107450'>service,</span> <span m='108050'>committee</span> <span m='108570'>secretary,</span> <span m='108770'>on</span> <span m='108930'>some</span> <span m='109130'>boards</span> <span m='109540'>too,</span> <span m='110710'>which</span> <span m='110930'>is</span> <span m='111200'>inter-corporate</span> <span m='111660'>practice.</span> </p><p><span m='112890'>It's</span> <span m='113290'>one</span> <span m='113430'>of</span> <span m='113520'>the</span> <span m='113610'>professions</span> <span m='114210'>I</span> <span m='114380'>have</span> <span m='115240'>from</span> <span m='115440'>research,</span> <span m='116480'>you</span> <span m='116740'>can</span> <span m='117880'>be</span> <span m='118130'>in,</span> <span m='118660'>and</span> <span m='119320'>you</span> <span m='119460'>will</span> <span m='119750'>never</span> <span m='119820'>really</span> <span m='120010'>be</span> <span m='120150'>out</span> <span m='120350'>of a</span> <span m='120500'>job,</span> <span m='121320'>so</span> <span m='121570'>long</span> <span m='121730'>as</span> <span m='121900'>you're</span> <span m='122070'>committed,</span> <span m='123110'>you're</span> <span m='123210'>passionate</span> <span m='123760'>about</span> <span m='124040'>it,</span> <span m='124710'>and</span> <span m='125130'>you are</span> <span m='125380'>trustworthy.</span> <span m='126700'>And</span> <span m='127630'>you</span> <span m='127990'>are</span> <span m='128250'>result</span> <span m='129020'>oriented</span> <span m='129374'>and</span> <span m='129729'>result</span> <span m='130120'>driven.</span> <span m='130979'>If</span> <span m='131120'>you</span> <span m='131470'>are</span> <span m='131550'>result driven</span> <span m='132410'>there's</span> <span m='132710'>no</span> <span m='132820'>way</span> <span m='132970'>you</span> <span m='133430'>will not</span> <span m='133590'>survive</span> <span m='133810'>in</span> <span m='134220'>the</span> <span m='135160'>legal</span> <span m='135350'>world,</span> <span m='136240'>and</span> <span m='136350'>legal</span> <span m='136510'>practice.</span> </p><p><span m='137250'>Essentially,</span> <span m='137910'>for</span> <span m='138150'>a lawyer</span> <span m='138630'>who</span> <span m='138970'>is</span> <span m='139180'>inter-practice,</span> <span m='140010'>you</span> <span m='140280'>do not</span> <span m='140470'>need</span> <span m='140610'>to</span> <span m='140750'>carry</span> <span m='141060'>applications</span> <span m='141900'>all</span> <span m='142620'>around</span> <span m='142930'>seeking</span> <span m='143240'>for</span> <span m='143380'>jobs.</span> <span m='143810'>If</span> <span m='143940'>you know</span> <span m='144200'>your</span> <span m='144460'>job</span> <span m='144730'>and</span> <span m='144900'>what</span> <span m='145090'>you're</span> <span m='145200'>doing,</span> <span m='146040'>and</span> <span m='146200'>you're</span> <span m='146710'>effective</span> <span m='147280'>and</span> <span m='147410'>efficient</span> <span m='147910'>in</span> <span m='148050'>your</span> <span m='148180'>law</span> <span m='148370'>practice,</span> <span m='148990'>people</span> <span m='149270'>will come</span> <span m='149480'>after</span> <span m='149730'>you</span> <span m='150260'>in</span> <span m='150480'>view</span> <span m='150650'>of</span> <span m='150760'>the</span> <span m='150920'>results</span> <span m='151270'>you</span> <span m='151300'>may</span> <span m='151900'>have</span> <span m='152050'>achieved</span> <span m='152900'>from</span> <span m='153200'>cases</span> <span m='153540'>you</span> <span m='153660'>may</span> <span m='153810'>have</span> <span m='153980'>ended,</span> <span m='154340'>or</span> <span m='154700'>how</span> <span m='155060'>you</span> <span m='155160'>have</span> <span m='155300'>treated</span> <span m='155930'>a</span> <span m='156120'>client</span> <span m='156490'>in</span> <span m='156620'>the</span> <span m='156700'>past.</span> </p>","file":{"id":272828,"video_id":"2701105131001","name":"72302893","duration":158187,"thumbnail_url":null}});