It’s obvious that a great number of attorneys are employed in governmental work. The U.S. Attorney General serve as prosecutors, criminal attorneys, public defenders in criminal courts embracing cases of different complication concerning various levels of government.
At the Federal level attorneys mostly deal with some cases for the U.S. Department of Justice, but of course they also investigate cases of other organizations or agencies.
Apart from, lawyers act on developing programs, interpreting laws and legislation, they run enforcement procedures or argue trial cases, both civil and criminal, on governmental part.
We know that some people in our society belong to the disadvantaged ones, so there are special nonprofit organizations aiming at serving the poor. These organizations provide legal work, that’s why they are also supported by lawyers. It goes without saying that these lawyers more often handle with civil cases than criminal ones.
Modern lawyer also has to be up-to-date with his or her proficiency at usage of various technologies which help to improve their work and make it more efficient. Certainly that doesn’t mean all the attorneys don’t use traditional law libraries and conventional printed sources to prepare cases. But they also widely operate various computer sources, such as the Internet and consult legal databases handling with some trial cases. Now attorneys began searching for necessary legal literature automatically with the help of software. The usage of computer is also rather helpful when it is necessary to arrange a lot of information, some material and supporting documents concerning a specific case. Lawyers must be mobile and active to find their clients when and where it is necessary. This influences on the efficiency of attorney’s work greatly, so nowadays lawyers tend to use various technologies, such as electronic filing, voice-recognition technology or videoconferencing. All this helps to optimize the work process, it makes it more effective.
And now some facts describing schedules and usual environment of attorneys’ activities. Lawyers and attorneys conduct the greatest part of their work in offices, law libraries, and courtrooms. Sometimes they have to visit their clients’ homes or places of business. They come to hospitals or prisons if it is important for the case. Sometimes they have to travel, to attend meetings for achieving some sort of information, gather and study evidences, appear before courts and legislative bodies or other authorities. They often come across heavy pressure while handling trial.
Attorneys also should thoroughly study latest changes in legislation and amendments to the constitution to be able to make professional judicial decisions.
As for the work schedules of lawyers they depend on the fact whether an attorney is salaried or private. Salaried lawyers as usual work on structured schedules. Private lawyers may work irregular hours. Those lawyers, who work full time, about 37 per cent of them, work 50 hours or more per week.