Support Lawyers by doing research and paperwork on their cases.
Did you ever watch Perry Mason? If so, you’ve seen the face of a Trial Lawyer. Well, of course the smoky good looks and dramatic dialogue are Hollywood’s contributions. Even so, a real courtroom can be an exciting place too—jurors hanging on every word, a Judge scribbling notes, the sweaty-palmed witness following the Lawyer with her eyes, and a room full of people anticipating an outcome.
As a Trial Lawyer, you’re the one who presents the facts of your client’s case to the jury and Judge. This could be on the side of the prosecution or the defense, and you could handle both criminal or civil cases. Typical cases for a Trial Lawyer include Landlord -tenant disputes, theft, domestic disputes, breach of contract, and personal injury on the job or through car accidents.
Whether you’re on the side of the defense or prosecution, your job is to work towards the best outcome for your client. That means you insure payment from or punishment for the accused, if you’re the Prosecutor. If you’re the Defense Lawyer, you strive to earn an innocent verdict or tangible reward for your client.
Your client looks to you for guidance through the stressful trial process. You interview, console, inform, and educate them. Additionally, you research case law, prepare court documents, send correspondence to the courts and other Lawyers, formulate a strategy, and appear in court to present the facts. The whole process can take anywhere from a couple of months to several years to complete.