Regardless, of titles such as Lawyer, Attorney, Advocate, Counselor, Esquire, Barrister, and so on, Attorneys-at-Law are commissioned by law in various degrees, depending on jurisdiction, to professionally help the people resolve their legal disputes and problems.

The term Attorney has its roots in the verb to Attorn: which simply means to transfer one's rights and obligations to another.

Please make sure you understand the difference between Attorney-at-Law and Attorney-in-Fact. An Attorney-in-Fact is referred to an “agency” relationship between a “principal” and an “agent.” It is also called Power of Attorney, which is a legal authorization given from one person to another, who does not need to be a lawyer, to act on behalf of another person. The scope of such an agency can be broad authority or limited to make a specific decision about Principal's matters, such as illness, disability or when the principal can't be present to sign necessary legal documents or consummate a transaction.

According to 2011 stats, there are about 1,225,452 licensed attorneys in the United States practicing in varies fields of law.

• Law Degree

Generally, a lawyer must earn a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from a law school, prior to be admitted to a mandatory state bar.

The highest law degree in the United States is called: Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.), which requires additional studies, research and dissertation.

• Character and fitness review

As a metric of qualification, generally, state bar candidates must show that they possess certain moral characters and personal accountability to deal with such important matters pertaining Legal Representation.

• Oath

Once a prospective attorney passes all scholastic and moral character requirements, he or she must also take an oath that binds them to uphold the United States’ Constitution and zealously represent their clients within the boundaries of law.

• License

When a candidate manages to take care of all the above-discussed requirements, they earn a license which gives them the authority to practice law. This license is granted by the High Court or Supreme Court of a Jurisdiction.

• Unlicensed Practice of Law

In most Jurisdictions it is a crime to practice law without a license. In order to obtain a law practice license, one must comply with all educational requirements and be admitted to the state bar of the practice jurisdiction.

Generally, a licensed lawyer in one state does not have an automatic right to practice in another state, unless he or she is admitted to the bar of such state. There are some exceptions, however. One of which is “Pro Hac Vice,” which is a latin term and it means: "for this occasion" or "for this event" (literally, "for this turn”. In other words, the courts of one state or territory may allow a lawyer who is not licensed in their jurisdiction to represent a case in their court.

There are some areas of law, such as Patent Law, Bankruptcy Law or Immigration, which are under Federal Jurisdiction. In these fields of law, state courts and bar associations are not allowed to restrict attorneys practicing in such areas.

In order to find out if your Chosen Lawyer is “duly” licensed to practice law and/or is in good standing with the Jurisdictional Bar Association, you can simply go to each State’s Website; a list of which you can find at by clicking here:

For instance, in California, you can click on and enter the Lawyer’s name.

Unfortunately, despite all checks and balances, there are still some unscrupulous lawyers who callously take advantage of people’s legal pains. This is why many, otherwise, licensed lawyers are reprimanded, suspended or even disbarred every year.

The founder of, who is also a lawyer, believes that law is the very thread that weaves together the foundational fabric of our human civilization: Life, Liberty and Property. Thus scholastic achievements and license to practice law are the minimum requirements. What makes Lawyers Great is qualities such as: Experience, Timely Communication, Diligence, Credibility, Mindfulness and Human Compassion. That is because behind every legal docket number there is a human being, whose rights must be Zealously protected from inroads of Injustice!

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