Law is split into the two broad areas of civil law and criminal law. A lawyer working in the criminal area will defend or prosecute individuals who have broken some law. A civil lawyer will represent clients who may have a dispute with someone else over some matter that that is not covered by criminal law.
The kind of things that a civil lawyer will deal with are disputes between two parties that may include contract disputes, personal injuries or damages to property. A civil lawyer will represent both sides in a dispute. The person who is suing is known as the plaintiff and the person being sued is called as the defendant.
The areas that a civil lawyer will deal with include: Civil law, business law, slander, personal injury claims, negligence and libel. The civil lawyer job description will vary from firm to firm but the basics will remain the same.
The job description will also include mentoring junior and trainee members of staff, this is true for most lawyers whether civil or criminal. The job description may want a lawyer who specializes in a certain branch of civic law.
Here’s an example of a job description:
Civil Lawyer Job Description
- Represent clients in court or before government agencies.
- Use knowledge of legal proceedings to analyse potential outcome of cases. Decide whether the case is worth fighting.
- · Explain and interpret laws and regulations for individuals and businesses.
- Meet with colleagues who specialise in other areas to establish whether there is a legal basis for a case.
- · Marshal arguments and develop a strategy on the best way to pursue cases.
- Advise clients on legal rights concerning business transactions, claims and obligations in a case.
- Examine all the legal evidence to decide whether it is advisable to defend or pursue a law suit.
- Oversee legal assistants.
- Interview clients to gather evidence to build a defence or initiate legal proceedings.
- Prepare a legal case and file appeals in court.
- Negotiate settlements in civil disputes between parties.
- Present cases to judges and juries..
- Perform the administrative and management duties in the practice..
- Prepare wills, deeds, patent applications, mortgages, leases, and contracts for clients.
- Search for and examine public and other legal records establish ownership in property disputes.
- Administer wills and represent and advise executors and administrators of estates.
- Help draft and interpret laws and legislation, and establish enforcement procedures.
- Act as agent, trustee, or executor for businesses or individuals.
- Work in environmental law, representing public interest groups, waste disposal companies, or construction firms in their dealings with Government bodies.