A lawyer is a person who is trained and learned in the law. Yet, they cannot actually practice law in their name alone. An attorney in law or just attorney-in-law is usually abbreviated as attorney in common speech. An attorney is regarded as the official legal name for an attorney in the United States. Attorneys are licensed by the state that they practice in.
All attorneys have the same level of education and training in law; however, no two lawyers are the same. An attorney practices law in his own name, while a lawyer practices law in partnership with a partner. The partners in a law firm are referred to as partners. In some states, if a lawyer provides legal advice and does not act as an attorney in law with his clients, he is not considered to be an attorney in the law but instead a counselor. This is why it is important to have the proper training and education before practicing law.
There are several types of lawyers work. Some work within the state government. Many attorneys work in private practice, which means that they do not work for just one client, but instead maintain a long client list. These clients range from large corporations to small businesses. Other types of lawyers work for the government on matters ranging from criminal cases, to taxations to probate. It is very difficult for attorneys to represent themselves in criminal cases because the client is either in jail, on probation or on parole.