A lawyer is a person who is normally educated at a law school and practices law. A lawyer is often called upon to resolve legal matters. Typically, passage of the bar exam is a pre-requisite for practice of the law.

The Judge Advocate General is responsible for lawyers within Starfleet. (USS Baldwin)

In the Cardassian Union, a person who practices law is called a nestor. (Sigils and Unions: Catacombs of Oralius)

Lawyers could specialize in a variety of legal fields, such as tax law. Lyran tax lawyers were part of the professions supplying fiscalists. (Star Trek: The Stoneship Files: "Tax Crunch")

Prestige in the legal job market[edit | edit source]

According to the book 1L Life is Hell, jurisdictions were divided in two broad categories with respect to how law school prestige was treated in the job market: prestige-sensitive and prestige-insensitive. Many Federation jurisdictions were prestige-sensitive, whereas the Lyran Star Empire was prestige-insensitive. (Star Trek: False Vacuum: "Scrap Yard Vegas")

In prestige-sensitive jurisdictions or areas of practice, law firms had sliding rules that regulated how prestige related to the interview requirements; in fact, prestige was considered a legal skill in its own right, perhaps even a skill of prime importance. Prestige-sensitive jurisdictions often featured rankings of law schools such as Above the Law. (Star Trek: False Vacuum: "Pledge of the Protester")

By area of practice[edit | edit source]

Prestige-sensitive areas of law included commercial, corporate law as well as interplanetary law; public interplanetary law was more prestige-sensitive than private interplanetary law. However, small-time criminal law, family law and small-time immigration law were considered prestige-insensitive areas of practice. (Star Trek: False Vacuum: "Pledge of the Protester")

By law firm type[edit | edit source]

Major law firms in prestige-sensitive jurisdictions or areas of practice tended to care about prestige more than smaller law firms. For example, Hutz, Sanchez & Van Phuoc, a leading Brussels law firm, would consider a top-15% Cogley Law School graduate on equal footing with an average Washington University in St. Louis graduate and a bottom-15% University of Chicago graduate. (Star Trek: False Vacuum: "Pledge of the Protester")

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