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    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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 Updated 10 August 2004, by VA.