Lawyer, Public Interest Salary
The average pay for a Lawyer, Public Interest is $55,539 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Job Description for Lawyer, Public Interest
Lawyers, public interest, usually work for public interest law firms, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies. They represent plaintiffs in areas such as employment discrimination, environmental issues, campaign finance issues, disability rights, and civil rights. Some law firms have special departments that handle public interest cases on a pro bono basis to improve relations with their community, in addition to their regular, for-profit cases in other areas of the law. They may represent individual plaintiffs or class actions. Some lawyers take public interest cases because they are passionate about particular legal issues, and they are concerned about justice and fairness.Read More...
They must have excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing. They must have good interpersonal skills. They must be analytical. They must be able to pay attention to detail. They are responsible for legal research and coalition building. They must generate reports related to their research findings and make relevant presentations to interested parties. They may also work as or with lobbyists.
Candidates must have law degrees. They must demonstrate leadership skills. Some employers require that candidates have experience in speaking to the media and the general public. They must be able to make effective presentations. They must be willing to travel. They must be able to work in a team environment. They must be self-starters and be able to work independently. They may be required to train new public interest lawyers.
Lawyer, Public Interest Tasks
- Advise clients in business transactions, claim liablility, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
- Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.
- Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
- Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
- Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
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