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Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.   (O'Net 23-1011.00)

Reported job titles:   Admiralty Lawyer, Agency Legal Counsel, Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Corporation Counsel, Assistant Counsel, Assistant County Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Assistant Prosecutor, Assistant Public Defender, Assistant State Attorney, Associate, Associate Attorney, Associate Counsel, Attorney, Attorney at Law, Attorney General, Bar Examiner, Barrister, Brief Writer, Business Lawyer, City Attorney, City Solicitor, Civil Lawyer, Claim Attorney, Closing Agent, Commonwealth Attorney, Consumer Advocate, Contracts Attorney, Conveyancer, Corporate Attorney, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Counselor, Corporate Lawyer, Corporation Counsel, Corporation Lawyer, Counsel, Counselor at Law, County Attorney, Criminal Defense Lawyer, Criminal District Attorney, Criminal Justice Lawyer, Criminal Lawyer, Defense Attorney, Deputy Attorney General, Deputy Chief Counsel, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, District Attorney, Divorce Lawyer, Employment Attorney, Entertainment Lawyer, Enviromental Attorney, Environmental Attorney, Environmental Lawyer, Estate Conservator, Estate Planning Attorney, Family Lawyer, Foreign Law Consultant, Foreign Legal Consultant, General Counsel, General Counselor, Health Care Attorney, Immigration Attorney, Immigration Lawyer, Immigration Specialist, Insurance Attorney, Insurance Counselor, Intellectual Property Lawyer, Law Writer, Lawyer, Legal Adviser, Legal Advisor, Legal Arbitrator, Legal Consultant, Legal Counsel, Legal Department Manager, Legal Examiner, Legal Research Analyst (Lawyer), Legal Researcher, Litigation Associate, Litigation Attorney, Military Lawyer, Partner, Patent Attorney, Patent Lawyer, Patent Solicitor, Probate Lawyer, Professional Degreed Law Clerk, Prosecutor, Public Defender, Rating Board Specialist, Rating Specialist, Real Estate Attorney, Real Estate Closer, Real Estate Lawyer, Regulatory Analyst, Solicitor, Sports Attorney, Sports Lawyer, Staff Attorney, Staff Counsel, Tariff Counsel, Tax Agent, Tax Attorney, Tax Lawyer, Title Attorney, Title Lawyer, Trial Attorney, Trial Lawyer
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     Location Pay
    Percentile Wages Average
    10% 25% 50%
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 25.48   $ 33.11   $ 44.60   $ 61.11   $ 80.31   $ 50.92  
    Yearly $53,000   $68,860   $92,770   $127,100   $167,050   $105,900  
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 28.85   $ 35.35   $ 47.82   $ 67.16   $ 86.75   $ 54.73  
    Yearly $60,010   $73,520   $99,460   $139,700   $180,450   $113,850  
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 20.41   $ 24.05   $ 33.95   $ 46.47   $ 58.72   $ 36.24  
    Yearly $42,450   $50,010   $70,610   $96,660   $122,130   $75,380  
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 33.23   $ 38.94   $ 51.40   $ 67.90   $ 96.91   $ 59.48  
    Yearly $69,110   $80,990   $106,920   $141,230   $201,560   $123,730  
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2018.

    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    Annual job openings
    (due to change and
    2016 2026
    Vermont 1,947 1,970 0.1% 83
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2018.

    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    Legal services 48.2%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 20.4%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 7.0%
    State government, excluding education and hospitals 5.5%
    Federal government, all industries 5.0%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2018.

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  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies.
  • Present evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in criminal or civil litigation.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.
  • Study Constitution, statutes, decisions, regulations, and ordinances of quasi-judicial bodies to determine ramifications for cases.
  • Interpret laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses.
  • Present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
  • Prepare legal briefs and opinions, and file appeals in state and federal courts of appeal.
  • Analyze the probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents.
  • Examine legal data to determine advisability of defending or prosecuting lawsuit.
  • Evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Lawyers  updated June 2009

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Lawyers  updated June 2009

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Lawyers  updated June 2010

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
    source: Occupational Information Network: Lawyers  updated June 2009

    Work Activities
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Lawyers  updated June 2009

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  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Lawyers  updated June 2008

    Work Styles
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Lawyers  updated June 2009

    State of Vermont License Information
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Attorney Office of Attorney Licensing
    Costello Courthouse
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.

    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
  • Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
  • Training: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
  • Experience: Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Lawyers  updated June 2009

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      Related Instructional Programs
    • Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General.
    • American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence.
    • Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law.
    • Canadian Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence.
    • Comparative Law.
    • Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law.
    • Health Law.
    • Intellectual Property Law. (NEW)
    • International Business, Trade, and Tax Law.
    • International Law and Legal Studies.
    • Law.
    • Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other.
    • Programs for Foreign Lawyers.
    • Tax Law/Taxation.
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .

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