Questions regarding the legal profession and the requirements to be a member of the bar.
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How much money does a lawyer earn?
From the U.S. Department of Labor: In May 2008, the median annual wages of all wage-and-salaried lawyers were $110,590. The middle half of the occupation earned between $74,980 and $163,320. Additional input from Answers.com contributors: Lawyers will all earn different amounts depending on the city, the types of clients served, and how much he or she is willing to work. However, family lawyers tend to be paid less than other types of lawyers. A reasonable range for a family lawyer in a medium to large city would be $100,000-$200,000. Lawyers can earn anywhere between $250K - $350K but it depends on how much the lawyers charge you. In actuality your salary depends on your experience. 1 year of experience normally pays from 40k-80k 1-4 years pays about 60k-90k 5-9 years pays about 80k-120k 10-19 years pays about 80k-140k 20+ years 85k-157k (Although it is true that some lawyers get payed much more than this these are a very few kind of like Bill Gates vs every other entrepreneur that has ever failed.) Also all of these figures are based off of my resource- There are a number of variables that go into answering a question such as this. As a soon to be graduated law student, I can answer what typical starting pay is like for a first year associate. Private practice starting salaries vary GREATLY by city and size of the firm. Cities such as New York and Washington tend to pay top dollar. Large firms in these markets are starting first year associates out at $160,000/year. Large firms in secondary markets such as Cleveland, Denver, and Minneapolis are starting their associates out at around $120,000. As a general rule, the smaller the firm in the smaller the city, the less your starting salary will be. For example firms in my hometown of 200,000 are starting their first year associates at around $70-$75,000. I have even heard of some firms paying as low as $35,000 to their first year associates. Future/current law students - please do not be misled by these large starting salary figures. Landing a job that pays even $70-75,000 is not an easy task. Because in law school, there is a strict curve, firms know what percentile of the class that you are in. The top paying firms recruit only from the top of the class at the top law schools. If you are at the bottom or even near the middle of your class in a lower-ranked law school, do not expect to make these kinds of figures unless you have a special asset that the firm needs. There is a common misconception in America that if you go to law school, you will earn a high salary. The truth is that an overwhelming amount of law students graduate without jobs in the legal field. To land a job at a top paying firm will take hard work while attending a respectable law school. So the moral is, work hard and it can pay off. Don't slack around because your $90,000 investment into grad school may become a huge burden when you have to repay those loans while flipping burgers at McDonald's. This varies quite a bit, of course, based on experience and specialty. Moreover, many lawyers work for themselves. They charge their clients an hourly rate. I am a pre-law student, and I have done extensive amounts of research on the field of law. The salary amount, of course, varies with location you would like to practice at or what kind of law you are thinking of doing. But the average salary starting out (Example: your first year in a law firm) is estimated to be anywhere from $60,000-$70,000 per year. The more experienced you are does nothing but helps you; the average for a successful lawyer can be anywhere from $200,000 to sometimes 1 million plus. As I said before, it's all about where you practice and how much experience is "under your belt". There are too many variables to be able to give a proper answer to your question. A freshly graduated law school student will be lucky to get $30k a year, while a highly experienced and well known trial lawyer could make millions in a year. It's difficult to be specific without knowing the area in which the attorney would be practicing, how long the person has been practicing, the geographical area and so forth. An attorney who caters to the wealthy can make a great deal of money while one who works for the ACLU is rather far down the economic ladder. Being a practicing attorney is much the same as being a doctor or educator one makes the decision as to how they wish to apply their knowledge and acts upon it in the way that reflects their personal ideology. The average amount that lawyers make is from $100-300 dollars an hour. It depends on how much you charge the clients. It depends upon the type of practice that one chooses. The majority of attorneys do not make the enormous sums that the general public believes. Attorneys practicing family or general law have an average yearly salary of $65,000 to $72,000. Depends on where you work. Different kinds of lawyers earn different kinds of salaries. In Canada, the starting salary for a person with a law degree is around C$74,300 In Canada, the average salary for all lawyers is around C$99,200. In Canada, most lawyers earn on average about C$29.75 per hour. This is from workfutures.bc.ca. Of course, lawyers don't only earn money by representing clients in court or drawing up legal documents. Lawyers can earn commission by referring their clients to other lawyers with an expertise in a certain area of the law. Depending on the reputation of the referred lawyer, commissions can go as high as C$50,000. The middle half of all lawyers earned between $61,060 and $136,810 a year in 2002. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than $44,490. The highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $145,600 a year. The pay for lawyers depends on whom they work for. It also depends on how long they have been lawyers and on how many special things they have learned about the law. In general, lawyers are among the highest paid workers in the country. That's a question for which there can be no specific answer as there are many variables. The type of field and practice, criminal, civil, prosecutor, defense, non profit organization, public, private practice or firm, geographical area and so forth. And of course experience usually applies in any type of employment or profession. Different types of legal employers generally have different pay scales. Private practice usually pays more than government. Government usually pays more than not-for-profits. However, many factors affect salaries of attorneys in private practice. One factor is the size of the firm, small medium or large. Large firms generally pay more. That is not to say that attorneys at some small boutique firms don't make just as much, if not more, than lawyers at big firms. That does happen, but on a average big firms pay more. To get into a big firm, you can do it right out of(or during) law school but you generally need to come out of a school with a good reputation and/or have really good grades. A school with a lesser reputation has less of their students making it to big firms but those graduating at the top of their class and participating in journals, law review or moot court competitions can make it into a big firm. It is also possible to get in the back door of a big firm after a few years of practice. Experience and proven success in a specialized area may open the door. Another factor is what type of law you practice. Some areas of the law simply deal with clients that have more money. Corporate and financial related cases often deal with deep pockets therefore pay well. Lawyers advising small businesses naturally will charge less than the corporate attorneys. Other areas may have drastic pay differences within themselves, such as criminal or family law(divorce) This is due to factors such as the attorney's reputation. Another factor is geography. Northeast and west coast pay well as do cities versus rural areas. Experience also makes a difference. A senior person bills at a higher rate than a junior person, therefore, a senior person will be compensated more. An equity partner makes more than a non-equity partner which makes more than an associate. The best resource for this topic would be www.findlaw.com. You can find information on salaries there. In Boston (2007) many large firms are adopting the salary scales of their New York offices. Three of the larger firms have starting salaries for first year associates at $160,000 plus a year end bonus. Bonuses usually start out at fixed rates for the first few years (as long as you complete a minimum amount of billable hours) and then become more discretionary as you achieve seniority. Many other firms start at $125,000 - $145,000 plus bonus, so the figures that you see in the paragraphs above don't reflect what can be earned at large law firms. However, these firms are very competitive and difficult to get into. After remaining at a law firm for eight years or so you can make partner. There are two levels of "partnership" at many firms. We'll call them "regular" and "money" partners. Regular partners can make salaries around $500 - $800,000, but do not directly share in the company's profits. "Money" partners make similar salaries, but they also split up the firm's profits as their year end bonuses which are much larger than everyone else's bonuses. It is not unusual for lawyers at this level to make $1 - 4 million per year.
Why do you want to become a lawyer?
Because you get a high from sending wrongdoers to jail. You love justice. Fairness is what you strive for. You believe in human equality and especially in the 6th Amendment. Life isn't black and white. There is always something more. You believe that people deserve to have their side of the story told.
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Can a person practice being a lawyer and a judge at the same time?
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What is the term for a lawyer who advises clients in court?
Asked in Divorce and Marriage Law, Lawyers
How much will it cost to complete LLB?
Depends on the University and the year. This year your looking to spend about 3200-3600 for a good university. At a top one it could cost anything up to nine thousand a year. On top of this you will have to pay for your text books and unfortunately they are ridiculously priced some going as 200 pounds!. If your looking to then go further as a solicitor or a barrister that's another nine to ten thousand for the extra two years but that will probably include your text books. However don't let the fees put you off its a good career and will pay brilliantly at the end.
Asked in Math and Arithmetic, Lawyers
Why do lawyers need to know math?
Lawyers need to be able to multiply their hourly rate by the number of hours they spend researching a case, writing and filing their briefs, meeting with their client, and representing the client in court if necessary. A lawyer needs math to keep track of their accounting; to double check the results of any program they use; to compute the damages of a client in a personal injury case including loss of wages and future loss of wages if applicable.
Asked in Lawyers
What a lawyer can get when he loses a case?
Lawyers work on an hourly basis. There are lawyers who work on percentage basis, standard/hourly rate and fixed rate. A personal injury lawyer who works on a percentage base will only get something when the case win, however, the costs still have to be paid by the client. However, if the lawyer is on standard/fixed rate whether the case wins or not they have to be paid for their services.
How many years is patent law school?
There is no specific Patent Law School. However in America once youdo 4 years of Undergrad (Bachelors) and get admitted to a law school of your choice in JD Juris Doctorate Program you will spend four years studying law. In your third year you will be able to select elective courses and you can chose to specialize in by studying IP intellectual property law. Than do some externship to gain exlerience. Patent Law study itself is one semester unless you go into advance study to add more courses. If you are studying Bachelors of Laws than you can elect to study Patent Law in your third year or as part of your LLM degree. Islamic Law School, an online law school offers a comprehensive Patent Law Program for individuals looking to fast track into the IP Law Specialization.
Asked in Law & Legal Issues, US Constitution, Lawyers, ACT
In the past was Ole Miss law grads exempt from taking the bar?
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What education or training is required to become a lawyer?
Becoming a lawyer is a very intensive process. A lawyer must have three to four years of undergraduate work to earn a BA or BS degree, which depends upon his or her major. This is known as a pre-law degree. Almost any major is acceptable, but many students choose political science, criminal justice, a social science, or a combination. Some universities also offer pre-law courses. A student must also have a high GPA to be considered first among applicants. Once the student has received an undergraduate degree s/he must take the law-school-admissions test (LSAT) before s/he can apply to a law school. Some universities require the student to achieve a minimum score (120) on the LSAT before considering admission. The LSAT does not include law-related questions but focuses upon reasoning (both analytical and logical) and reading comprehension. In addition to high GPAs and LSAT scores, law schools typically require admission essays that demonstrate desire and creativity. Another consideration that is high on the list is the applicant's level of community involvement. Law school* generally requires three to four years of study, although choosing to practice in certain areas can add another year to one's studies. Upon graduation, the student will have earned a Juris Doctorate or a Doctorate of Jurisprudence, according to the term that the school uses. The abbreviation for either is JD. The graduate will be required to take the American Bar Association (ABA) examination to become licensed to practice law. Once the student receives his or her license and decides upon a practice area, s/he will be interviewed by the law-examiners board in the state in which s/he chooses to practice. The cost to become a lawyer depends upon the requirements of each school and ranges from $150,000 to over $200,000. Entry into the bar depends on each state's bar association*, which sets the requirements for practice in that state. In some states, graduation from the state law school gets qualifies the applicant for automatic entry. In most states, the applicant must pass the bar exam, which is typically two or three days long. Conversely, the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) takes one day and has 200 multiple-choice questions. Many states require that the applicant pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). *Some states do not require that applicants have law degrees before taking the bar exam. Also, some law schools will allow entrance without a completed bachelor's degree, but the exceptions are becoming very rare.
Asked in Salary and Pay Rates, Lawyers, Pharmacists
How much money does pharmacist earn?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pharmacist salary was $106,410 in 2008. The highest 10 percent of pharmacists earned $131,440 a year. Additional input from WikiAnswers contributors: The earnings of a pharmacist depends upon location and experience. A new graduate would earn more money on the West Coast of the United States. An experienced pharmacist could earn anywhere from $50USD per hour to as much as $75 per hour as a full time employee. Per diem and part-time rates may be a bit higher. A contracted employee may also earn $60-$80USD because the position isn't permanent. On the east coast, a brand new graduate can expect to make $50USD per hour ($104,000 per year) their first year. This doesn't include a sign on bonus or shift differentials. As a pharmacist, retail and mail order pay higher rates than a hospital pharmacist, but a hospital pharmacist has the broadest range of skills and the most opportunity for growth and advancement. A hospital pharmacist, once properly trained, can enter any arena of pharmacy-especially if they have a residency, or a specialty in a particular field. This is not necessarily true of the retail or mail order pharmacist. Ideally, an experienced hospital pharmacist with a proven track record can earn anywhere from $120,000USD to $170,000USD. As a UK pharmacist community locums can get around £23 - £25 per hour for a typical shift, i.e. not emmergency booking or unsociable hours. Typical employee community pharmacist in the UK can expect anywhere from £17 to £24 per hour for non-managerial roles. Pharmacist managers get higher rates for the addtional responsibility. A pharmacist makes around $166,000 a year. However, this number can vary with what type of pharmacist you are or how long you have been in practice. Try reseraching it!
Asked in Federal Laws, Lawyers, US Military
If someone was dishonorably discharged from the military would they still qualify for assistance with college?
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Can lawyer discuss separate clients within own firm?
Discuss them with whom? Except under very specific circumstances, it's illegal for a lawyer to reveal information a client has told him or her without the client's permission. Other attorneys within the same firm generally can be told because they fall under the same restrictions; this wouldn't be the case in the unlikely event that different attorneys from the same firm are representing opposite sides to a case.
Asked in Business Law, California, Lawyers, US Army
How do you become a corporation in California?
Typically becoming a California Corporation takes 4-6 weeks, but you can speed up this process to about a week with expedited service. Expedited California incorporation processing can be purchased from an online service and will save you a substantial amount of time. Services will handle every aspect of California incorporation from filing Articles of Incorporation to preparation of all the documents, resolutions and certificates necessary to incorporate. It is not required by law that you obtain the service or advice of legal counsel to become a California Corporation. The first step to incorporate in California is to select a name for your company. If available, the name can be reserved with the California Secretary of State for 60 days. Incorporating protects the name from being used by another California Corporation. However, the name cannot infringe on a trademark or service mark. Once you have incorporated in California, you will need to protect the name from use by non-corporate entities by registering it as a trademark or service mark which is a separate process. To incorporate, Articles of Incorporation must be filed with the California Secretary of State. To complete the process of incorporating, directors will need to hold a First Meeting of the Board of Directors to elect officers, in which they will authorize the issuance of stock and adopt corporate bylaws. Once you have completed these steps the formation of the California Corporation has been formally established. If you would like to become a "Subchapter Corporation S", you must file IRS form 2553. This form should be filed within 75 days of the filing of the Articles of Incorporation. All the shareholders of the Corporation must sign the form for the S corporation status to be accepted by the IRS. California incorporation services have an automated way to file this form along with your articles. You will also need to obtain A Federal Tax Identification Number for the company (also called an "EIN" or "Employer ID Number") and a California Employment Development Department (EDD) employer account number. Both of these can be obtained from the IRS for taxation purposes and for opening a corporate bank account following California incorporation. The number is obtained by filing IRS form SS-4. If you plan to operate your California Corporation under a fictitious name, a Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed with the County Clerk in the county of the company's principal place of business. It must be filed within 40 days start of business. Also, within 30 days the registrant must publish the statement in a newspaper of substantial circulation in the same county once a week for four weeks. Once completed, an affidavit of publication will need to be filed with the County Clerk's office as proof. The California agency responsible for administration and enforcement of California corporate, business and personal income taxes is the Franchise Tax Board. If the corporation will be selling products in California, it must obtain a seller's permit from the State Board of Equalization and pay California sales tax for the products it sells. You can form a corporation in California with or without an attorney. Nolo offers a book called How to Form Your Own California Corporation, which makes incorporating a straightforward task, showing you how to file articles of incorporation, set up a corporate records book, prepare bylaws and issue shares of stock. Incorporation provides great benefits, such as: limited personal liability tax advantages access to capital employee perks How to Form Your Own California Corporation contains all the forms, instructions, tax rules, practical information and step-by-step instructions you need to incorporate a California business, as tear-outs and on CD-ROM. While you do not need an attorney in order to register a corporation (assuming that a corporation is even the best entity for you), if you are creating an entity involving certain complex issues or involving more than one shareholder (owner, member, etc), then an attorney may prove helpful. In the meantime, without the need to buy a book or consult with an attorney, the Secretary of State for California has made a wealth of information available and has provided links to the forms and fees necessary to register a corporation. Steps to Become a California Corporation Typically becoming a California Corporation takes 4-6 weeks, but you can speed up this process to about a week with expedited service. Expedited California incorporation processing can be purchased from an online service and will save you a substantial amount of time. Services will handle every aspect of California incorporation from filing Articles of Incorporation to preparation of all the documents, resolutions and certificates necessary to incorporate. It is not required by law that you obtain the service or advice of legal counsel to become a California Corporation. The first step to incorporate in California is to select a name for your company. If available, the name can be reserved with the California Secretary of State for 60 days. Incorporating protects the name from being used by another California Corporation. However, the name cannot infringe on a trademark or service mark. Once you have incorporated in California, you will need to protect the name from use by non-corporate entities by registering it as a trademark or service mark which is a separate process. To incorporate, Articles of Incorporation must be filed with the California Secretary of State. To complete the process of incorporating, directors will need to hold a First Meeting of the Board of Directors to elect officers, in which they will authorize the issuance of stock and adopt corporate bylaws. Once you have completed these steps the formation of the California Corporation has been formally established. If you would like to become a "Subchapter Corporation S", you must file IRS form 2553. This form should be filed within 75 days of the filing of the Articles of Incorporation. All the shareholders of the Corporation must sign the form for the S corporation status to be accepted by the IRS. California incorporation services have an automated way to file this form along with your articles. You will also need to obtain A Federal Tax Identification Number for the company (also called an "EIN" or "Employer ID Number") and a California Employment Development Department (EDD) employer account number. Both of these can be obtained from the IRS for taxation purposes and for opening a corporate bank account following California incorporation. The number is obtained by filing IRS form SS-4. If you plan to operate your California Corporation under a fictitious name, a Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed with the County Clerk in the county of the company's principal place of business. It must be filed within 40 days start of business. Also, within 30 days the registrant must publish the statement in a newspaper of substantial circulation in the same county once a week for four weeks. Once completed, an affidavit of publication will need to be filed with the County Clerk's office as proof. The California agency responsible for administration and enforcement of California corporate, business and personal income taxes is the Franchise Tax Board. If the corporation will be selling products in California, it must obtain a seller's permit from the State Board of Equalization and pay California sales tax for the products it sells.
Is being a mistress bad?
Yes! This isn't only effecting you and your "mister", especially if he has children. Try not to just think about yourself, put yourself in this woman's shoes. It doesn't matter if she's a horrible person or whatever, the point is if she finds out it will hurt her even if she pretends it doesn't. And if this guy has kids it will hurt there WHOLE family. Is that really something you want on your shoulders? Is a guy really worth that? Plus ask yourself why would you even want to be in a relationship with someone who is married and committed to someone else? If your thinking you can steal him away, chances are that won't happen, and even if it does who's to say he won't cheat on YOU down the road? It sounds like you have some commitment and maybe even some self-esteem issues to work on if you get a kick out of running around with someone else's husband.