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“Defense attorney” and “Criminal attorney” redirect here. For criminal defense lawyers, see Criminal defense attorney.
For other uses, see Lawyer (disambiguation).
A French lawyer (about 1910)
A French lawyer
Names Advocate, attorney, barrister, counsel, judge, solicitor
Competencies Analytical skills
Barrister, Solicitor, Judge, Advocate, Attorney, Legal executive, Prosecutor, Law clerk, Law professor, Civil law notary
A lawyer is a person who practices law, as an advocate, barrister, attorney, counselor or solicitor or chartered legal executive. Working as a lawyer involves the practical application of abstract legal theories and knowledge to solve specific individualized problems, or to advance the interests of those who hire lawyers to perform legal services.
The role of the lawyer varies greatly across legal jurisdictions, and so it can be treated here in only the most general terms.