Lawyer Job Description: Top Duties and Requirements

A Lawyer, or Attorney, provides legal council and advocacy for individuals, businesses, and government organizations. Their duties typically include educating and defending clients regarding their rights, communicating with courts and other lawyers, and managing their clients’ legal proceedings.

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Lawyer duties and responsibilities

A Lawyer’s day is comprised of various legal tasks, some of which may include:

  • Mediating disputes and negotiating on behalf of their client
  • Researching and gathering evidence
  • Preparing legal documents
  • Representing clients in court and defending them
  • Providing legal advice to clients
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Example 1

*We are seeking an associate lawyer of 2+ years of call, and preferably, but not necessarily, with a significant amount of family law experience, to join our team at Breakwater Law. * We are a firm based in Victoria, BC, but we have virtual offices up “north”, and a practice that reaches across all of [website] We’d also consider someone based out of Vancouver and who would work remotely on both Victoria and Vancouver based files. For more info on our firm, please visit [website] Our team practices general civil litigation, wills and estates, estate litigation, and does small- to medium- sized business law work, along with some criminal law and the occasional admin law file. We, like most frontlines firms in [website] have a lot of family law work. *We are ideally seeking a litigator*, to take up a very active general litigation practice. That said, we would welcome a solicigator who wants to develop a general practice, or, a litigator who wants to try a taste of solicitor’s work, and decide if it’s for them; if it’s not, well, that’s fine. We presently have a senior and a junior solicigator on our team alongside two junior litigators and one senior litigator. Our firm is 99% paperless, modern, and grounded. Our ethos centres on being approachable to clients, taking sensible routes to meaningful outcomes for clients, and on finding legal solutions that are practical and holistic, not necessarily about dollars, or about who or While those are frequently important, a good result for our clients encompasses the big picture, and includes such critical successes as prioritizing the needs of children, or preserving dignity and mental health. Our ideal team member wants to wear jeans or other comfy clothes at work, enjoys -- or is at least okay with -- good-natured swearing, and isn't interested in advancing ego, playing control games or getting into contests on our clients’ time. They have at least 2, preferably 3 or more, years of call, have experience working directly with clients and in managing their own files. They work to live, not live to work. Our future colleague will be expected to generate strong billings, which isn't particularly difficult in Victoria on the usual 9-5 island life. Our ideal teammate has a strong work ethic and is able to manage their own time effectively without being micromanaged; we don’t care about bums in seats, or face time, but, we do care that everyone is putting in the work required to advance our team and our brand in the community. *We offer a salary plus bonus model,* where the salary provides guaranteed income and stability, but the bonus confers autonomy over just how much we wish to work. We seek a team member who will build a reputation as a measured, thoughtful and prepared advocate, one who takes strong but reasonable positions on files, and who prefers appropriate candour over posturing, whether in or outside court. In our team, you will be actively mentored and developed as a lawyer. You will enjoy regular check-ins with a senior lawyer on your files, and you will routinely work with our experienced lawyers as a second chair, as well as on your own files. If you want to develop your own practice and leave and open your own firm down the line, we’ll even teach you to do that, too. Those interested in joining our team should please contact our senior lawyer by email, attaching their CV and a cover letter that encapsulates why they think they’re a good fit. Reference ID: BWL [phone number]L Application deadline: [phone number]06-23 Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: From $53,000.00 per year COVID-19 considerations: Our office is presently closed in respect of the public health lockdown, and all our lawyers are working from home. We plan on reopening in late June but lawyers are welcome to continue to work largely remotely.

Example 2

*Content Lawyer (Employment Law): Practical Guidance* LexisNexis offers a market-leading range of vital information and powerful tools for all kinds of legal professionals. We are a Canadian subsidiary of a strong multi-billion $ revenue multi-national organization. We have one foot in the long and proud history of legal publishing, and the other in today’s exciting world of informatics, big data, artificial intelligence, and technology-enabled professional work. LexisNexis has a strong brand in Canada that we are using to bring an unprecedented portfolio of new products to market. We have an immediate opening on our Content team for a recently practicing lawyer with at least 3+ years of experience in Employment law. The successful candidate for this full-time position will join a team of experienced professionals responsible for the development and strategic direction of Practical Guidance, an innovative online resource designed specifically for Canadian lawyers. *As the Content Lawyer (Employment Law), Practical Guidance, your key roles and responsibilities will include: * * Building relationships with respected legal practitioners and firms across Canada to create content that reflects leading legal and business practices * Reviewing, editing and/or writing practice notes, checklists, flowcharts, precedents and other practice-related materials * Ensuring currency and relevancy of all materials included in the product * Monitoring information sources to identify and report on relevant news and updates regarding legal developments in this practice area * Working within a cross-functional team to execute on the content and product development strategies, and ensure the delivery of high quality content within mandated timelines * Contributing knowledge of the needs of legal practitioners to assist in the development of effective sales and marketing strategies and initiatives in this practice area * Maintaining and managing relationships with key LexisNexis stakeholders within Canada, the US and UK to negotiate resources, deadlines, and project trade-off decisions as appropriate *Basic Qualifications: * * A Canadian law degree, or a law degree from another jurisdiction with a Certificate of Qualification from Canada’s National Committee on Accreditation * 3+ years of practice experience in Employment law * Member of one or more of the bars of Ontario, Alberta or British Columbia (active and in good standing) *What we are looking for in you*: * Detailed understanding of the legal practice needs and workflow requirements within this practice area and a sophisticated knowledge of trends in the Canadian legal marketplace * Strong network of contacts currently in legal practice in Canada within this practice area * Strong, practical writer with the ability to write effectively and concisely within prescribed timelines * Experience in drafting or editing client materials, law journals, CLE presentations or other legal writing * Excellent communication and negotiation skills * Proficient with MS Office products * Must be highly organized, self-motivated and detail-oriented * Ability to work independently and in a team environment * Fluent in the French language is an asset *Competitive salary plus: * * * Pension Plan * Employee Assistance Program * Paid Personal Leave Days * Two Paid Volunteer Days * Opportunity to work in a stimulating and collegial environment * Good work/life balance including hybrid work from home/office environment LexisNexis, a division of RELX Group, is an equal opportunity employer: qualified applicants are considered for and treated during employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, disability status, protected veteran status, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. If a qualified individual with a disability or disabled veteran needs a reasonable accommodation to use or access our online system, that individual should please contact or if you are based in the US you may also contact us on [website] Please read our Candidate Privacy Policy Reference ID: R[phone number]Job Type: Full-time Salary: $1.00-$2.00 per year Schedule: * Monday to Friday Work remotely: * Yes

Example 3

*Shim Law* is a busy and fast-growing Calgary law firm located in downtown Calgary. We practice in Family Law, Immigration Law, Employment Law, Real Estate, Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Business Law and many more. We are currently looking for an experienced lawyer with his or her own practice and be able to handle a busy law practice. This is a full-time position and salary can be negotiable depending on your level of experience and book of your clients. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Jae Shim. Job Type: Permanent Salary: per year Schedule: * 8 hour shift * Member good standing, Law Society of Canadian jurisdiction (preferred)

Example 4

QM Environmental is one of Canada’s largest full-service national decommissioning and environmental remediation firms. Always committed to health, safety and environment, QM has been experiencing consistent growth in the last years and we would like to invite you to be part of this growing team. We offer exciting career growth, professional development, and a culture that is supported by teamwork and open communication. At QM, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with some of the most talented professionals and innovative thought-leaders in the industry. *Equity, Diversity & Inclusion* QM Environmental is a staunch advocate for diversity in all its forms, and especially welcomes applications from members of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) community, women, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, and those of diverse intersectional identities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process as well as part of employment with QM Environmental. *Responsibilities* Key responsibilities include the following: * Develop, review, audit and revise legal contracts including bid reviews and client, vendor and subcontractor contracts and agreements, ensuring corporate standards are met and business risk is minimized * Work with stakeholders to conduct contract reviews to ensure contract documents protect QM’s interest and position with respect to scope of work, terms and conditions, and schedules * Work with stakeholders to ensure client and QM obligations are clearly understood by QM management through bid review meetings and job kick off meetings * Liaise with stakeholders to ensure that all project guidelines are adhered to * Negotiate satisfactory resolution of conflicts or disputes related to contracts * Develop and ensure appropriate and efficient controls, systems and administration procedures for all agreements and commitments are executed * Advise on risk mitigation with respect to managing changes with respect to scope, terms and conditions, and schedule * Maintain accurate records of contracts, including revisions * Provide support, education, and guidance with contractual changes, issues, and obligations * Assist with other Corporate legal matters including employment, vendor agreements, leases, etc. * Establish strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders * Keep up to date with related trends and issues; make recommendations for continuous improvements related to contracts * Prepare summaries and reports * Perform legal research * Provide support to General Counsel * Other responsibilities as required and determined based on business needs *Other *duties as required Skills AND KEY Competencies* * Eligible to practice law in Canada * A minimum of five (5) years of specialized experience with Canadian contract law, preferably in the construction, engineering or environmental industry * Exceptional overall communication skills, and superior writing skills (as required for preparing and proofing legal documents) * Legal research skills * Strong negotiation skills * Analytical skills and the ability to make sound judgements * Strong attention to detail with a high level of accuracy * Highly organized, with strong time management skills * Personable; good interpersonal skills and a focus * Must be highly reliable and task-oriented * Self-motivated with a positive disposition * Ability to work well independently and in a team environment * Ability to maintain confidentiality and build trusting relationships with team members * Extremely professional; acts in accordance with the company’s values * Ability to multi-task, and meet deadlines * Flexibility to travel to other office locations *WORK Environment* This is primarily work-from-home, with work in the office when required, including initially. Local travel to other Corporate offices, including downtown Toronto, is required. Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required. Applying *_When applying, you must include a cover letter demonstrating your writing skills and outlining your compensation requirements._* *Job Title: *Corporate Lawyer *Job Type: *Full Time *Job Location: *Mississauga Job Type: Full-time

Example 5

*Real Estate Lawyer – Toronto (2-3 years’ experience)* *About us* Insight Legal is a business law firm located in the heart of Toronto’s financial district. We provide corporate, real estate and intellectual property advice to startups and small to medium sized businesses across a wide array of industries. Insight Legal is seeking a Real Estate Lawyer to join it’s practice in Toronto, Ontario. The ideal candidate will be a client-focused, highly professional self-starter with strong analytical skills with the ability to manage deadlines. The position requires attention to detail and a high level of judgment to organize the role’s workload and projects. The ideal candidate will possess 2-3 years of real estate experience in a busy law firm, working closely with law clerks. The ideal candidate must delegate effectively, work well with tight deadlines, as well as under minimal supervision. The ability to deal with challenging situations with diplomacy is a must. The candidate must also be very organized and have excellent time management skills. Primary Responsibilities: · Managing and completing all aspects of a residential real estate transaction including purchases, sales, and refinancings. · Reviewing agreements, communicating with clients, reviewing title search, drafting requisition letters. · Preparing closing and mortgage documents, meeting with clients (virtually), reviewing all documents for closing. · Ordering title insurance policies. · Attendance on closings, reporting letters to client and mortgage lenders after closing. Qualifications: · Must be member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario. · Must have between 2-3 years of experience in real estate law. · Must have the ability to perform title searches and all relevant correspondence searches in detail. · Experience in residential real-estate files - purchases, sales, mortgages, including contact with real estate agents and mortgage brokers · Excellent oral and written communication skills required. · Highly computer literate with an advanced level of skills using Teranet, Unity and Microsoft office suite. · Exposure to Clio would be an asset. · Resourceful and problem solver. · Results oriented with excellent planning and organizational skills. · Ability to work flexible hours. · Ability to work remotely. · Commercial real estate experience will be an asset. · Corporate law experience will be an asset. Insight Legal welcomes applications from all qualified applicants. We are committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment composed of people with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, identities and cultures. Application deadline: [phone number]12-06 Expected start date: [phone number]12-13 Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: per year Additional pay: * Bonus pay Benefits: * Casual dress * Dental care * Disability insurance * Extended health care * Flexible schedule * Life insurance * Paid time off * RRSP match * Vision care * Work from home Schedule: * Monday to Friday Experience: * Real Estate: 2 years (required) * Member of Law Society of Ontario (required) Work remotely: * Yes

What does a Lawyer do?

A Lawyer uses their knowledge of the law to help clients navigate legal issues. An individual in this role is driven by strong ethics and a respect for the legal system, and can represent their client’s interests professionally. Lawyers work under strict deadlines and can conduct themselves appropriately under pressure. They provide clients with legal assessments, inform them about their rights, address their legal needs, and assemble legal cases.

They communicate with Judges, clients, witnesses, and other significant contributors to a case. A Lawyer communicates on behalf of their clients, both verbally and in writing. They also present arguments in favour of the client throughout the legal process, including mediation and court appearances.

Depending on the work environment and size of the law firm, a Lawyer may manage Paralegals, Clerks, and other support staff, and provide direction.

Lawyer skills and qualifications

Lawyers are equipped with a number of professional attributes and accomplishments that help them perform legal work, some of which may include:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and time management
  • Strong proficiency with legal software
  • Being licenced to practice in the province or territory of work
  • Proactive support of their client’s legal needs

Lawyer experience requirements

Typically, aspiring Lawyers gain valuable experience through articling, which must be completed to attain a licence to practice. Articling usually lasts for 12 months but this can vary depending on the province or territory. This occurs after the individual attains a law degree but before they become licenced to practice law. An articling student works under the supervision of a licenced Lawyer and can gain experience in different law departments, whether in private practice or government office.

Lawyer education requirements

A prospective Lawyer must complete their undergraduate studies, which may include any area of study. After attaining a bachelor of arts or science, the individual writes their LSAT (Law School Admission Test), required by most Canadian law schools. After attaining a law degree from an accredited university, the individual must then complete the Bar Admission Course and exam. Ideal candidates will have additional legal certifications in their area of specialization such as corporate law or bankruptcy law.

Lawyer salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, on average, a Lawyer in Canada typically earns $87,330 per year. Salaries may vary based on the level of experience and type of workplace. Lawyers may also earn differently depending on whether the work environment is a sole proprietorship, government agency or a large law firm.

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Lawyer job description FAQs

What should you look for in a Lawyer resume?

One of the first things to look for in a Lawyer resume is a mention of academic performance, which may signify the candidate’s willingness to excel. A strong resume demonstrates the candidate’s ability to perform legal writing and legal research, and highlights their speaking skills, both as a clear and persuasive communicator and as a negotiator. The prospective candidate is knowledgeable about the law, and shows commitment to their clients. Their work experience focuses on the legal realm rather than unrelated job roles and, ideally, there is also mention of volunteer work or pro bono work.

How do you assess a good Lawyer?

A good Lawyer is ethical in their handling of all legal cases. They practice sound judgement and uphold the law. They are considered capable of meeting their goals and committed to defending their clients. A good Lawyer is intelligent, personable, and a critical thinker. Ideally, a good lawyer is able to effectively demonstrate and communicate their expertise in their specialized area of law. They may also actively participate in academic activities such as producing legal research and analyses.

What are the different types of Lawyers?

When hiring a Lawyer, it is important to remember the legal system is comprised of numerous categories. A Lawyer typically specializes in one area of law and will rarely cross over into another. For example, if you are looking for an Attorney to handle your business affairs, then you need a Corporate Lawyer. Other types of Lawyers include criminal, family law, tax, personal injury, and bankruptcy, among others.

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