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Also called: Associate, Associate Attorney, Attorney, Lawyer

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Judge Advocate; Nondesignated Lawyer

What they do:
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
On the job, you would:
  • Represent clients in court or before government agencies.
  • Present evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in criminal or civil litigation.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges, and question witnesses during the course of a trial.


Safety and Government
  • law and government
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
  • management
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Abacus Data Systems AbacusLaw
  • AdvantageLaw WinVantage
Document management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • WealthCounsel WealthDocs
Accounting software
  • BQE Software BillQuick
  • TimePro Legal Software TimePro


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
professional degree
usually needed

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