The average salary for a Lawyer, Public Interest is $62,742.
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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 repr…Read more
Lawyer, Public Interest Tasks
- Advise clients in business transactions, claim liability, 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.
- Analyze and interpret laws, rulings, and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
- 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.
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Popular Skills for Lawyer, Public Interest
Litigation Case Management
Oral / Verbal Communication
Skills in Legal Research, Litigation Case Management and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication.
Pay by Experience Level for Lawyer, Public Interest
An entry-level Lawyer, Public Interest with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $53,177 based on 9 salaries. An early career Lawyer, Public Interest with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $54,351 based on 46 salaries. A mid-career Lawyer, Public Interest with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 14 salaries. An experienced Lawyer, Public Interest with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,637 based on 15 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $100,000.
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Employees with Lawyer, Public Interest in their job title in Boston, Massachusetts earn an average of 19.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (14.8% more) and Chicago, Illinois (11.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Los Angeles, California (10.7% less).
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