Lawyer – 2421 1-21.10

Lawyers give clients legal advice on a wide variety Of subjects and plead cases or conduct prosecutions in courts of justice, or instruct barristers or advocates to plead in higher courts of justice.

Tasks include –

(a) conducting research on legal theories and principles and their relationship to specific laws or court judgements;

(b) drafting legislation and preparing government regulations based on existing laws;

(c) giving clients – including the Government – legal advice on a wide variety of subjects and undertaking legal business on clients’ behalf;

(d) assisting clients to negotiate settlements in matters which involve legal disputes;

(e) examining the circumstances of disputes or reported crimes to ascertain facts and their legal implications;

(f) preparing pleadings or cases for plaintiff or defendant and conducting them in court;

(g) representing clients in the lower court or instructing barristers or advocates to plead in higher courts of justice;

(h) accepting briefs and pleading in the higher court;

(i) acting as prosecutor on behalf of the Government in criminal cases;

(j) drawing up legal documents;

(k) performing related tasks;

(l) supervising other workers.

Examples of the occupations classified here:

Advocate

Attorney

Barrister

Lawyer

Prosecutor

Solicitor

Some related occupations classified elsewhere:

Clerk, conveyancing – 3432

Clerk, law – 3432

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