The path to becoming a lawyer is complicated enough, but there are many differences if you want to become a prosecutor or a defense lawyer. Yet us take a look at the differences involved.
All lawyers must compete their four years of undergraduate work, as well as their three years of law school. That is standard. The bar exam must also be passed. There is no doubt about that. Salary expectations is where everything changes. A prosecution attorney will make between $25,000 to $247,000 if they are working for the city. They will make between $41,000 and $151,000 if they work for the district and between $20,000 to $40,000 if they work for the state.
Defense lawyers make between $110,000 to $200,000 if they are working by themselves or as part of a firm. If they are public defenders, they only make between $32,000 a year to $100,000.
Caseloads are similar for both types of lawyers. 150 felonies per year are standard for both. A defense lawyer can only try 400 misdemeanors, while a prosecution attorney can go after 300 misdemeanors. The defense lawyer will also go after 200 mental health cases a year, at the maximum. Defense lawyers can also only try 25 appeals per year.
Female lawyers earn $0.77 for each dollar a male lawyer earns. In addition, there are 53% male lawyers and 47% females. 22% of lawyers belong to minorities.
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