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3 Attorney Job Description Examples & Guide for 2022

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Stephen Greet, Co-founder

March 27, 2022

Order in the court! When it comes to public opinion, attorneys are usually the butt of jokes. They're viewed as cold-hearted schemers who just want money, but real attorneys rebut those claims.

Actual attorneys face extreme amounts of stress, endless research, late nights, tragic cases, and high expectations; they might enjoy the hefty salary, but they also like the work itself and winning cases for their clients.

According to an American Bar Association Journal article, attorneys are called to be public servants devoted to improving their profession and the court system. The best attorneys are creative, compassionate, patient, and logical. They don't want to win just for the money; they love their job and genuinely want to help people by advocating for them in court.

Hiring a great attorney is a multi-step process like a legal case, but you can get a leg-up with a stellar job description. BeamJobs will guide you through the process to make sure you make a winning first impression. 

Attorney Job Description Example

Job details: Stiner & Sons is a criminal defense law firm in Las Cruces, New Mexico. We are one of the top three law firms in the state, with some of the best lawyers in the South. We'll put in long hours to ensure you get the justice you deserve and the care you need.

We're looking for a criminal defense attorney to join our team of accomplished lawyers. Our ideal candidate will be able to handle several diverse cases at a time and will be well-versed in all types of criminal defense cases. They will be excellent communicators who can provide personalized attention, so each client feels valued. 

Responsibilities

  • Research case law to analyze precedents or similar cases for defense tactics
  • Establish a professional rapport with all clients
  • Interview clients in a friendly, and non-confrontational manner
  • Answer client questions regarding legal proceedings, charges, and other related questions
  • Draft, review, and interpret all legal documents for clients
  • Analyze the prosecutor's case and evidence for inconsistencies, logical fallacies, errors, or other inaccuracies
  • Negotiate for lesser charges or a plea deal
  • Create a defense strategy based on previous cases and prior knowledge
  • Advise clients throughout the criminal trial
  • Represent clients in court

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's and Juris Doctorate
  • License to practice law in N.M.
  • Active member in good standing with N.M. State Bar
  • Minimum 3 years of criminal trial experience
  • Intermediate experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Organized with excellent time-management skills
  • Resourceful and creative
  • Flexible team player
  • Willing to learn quickly

Benefits

  • Salary: $109–163K
  • Insurance: health, dental, vision
  • 401(k)
  • Parental leave
  • Unlimited sick days
  • Gym membership 

About the company: Stiner & Sons, P.C. is an award-winning criminal defense law firm. Since our founding in 1963 by former DA Kristoff Stiner, we've been committed to getting our clients the legal help they need. Our goal is to give you the best legal counsel and defense to help you get back on your feet with as little hassle as possible.

Our attorneys at Stiner & Sons have 52 years of criminal defense experience. Fifteen of our attorneys have been awarded Best Lawyer of the Year, and we have been ranked the Law Firm of the Year in 1998, 2010, and 2021. We are committed to bettering our community and profession by putting in the hours and work to provide the best legal support possible. Call Stiner & Sons to have the top attorneys on your case!

Senior Attorney Job Description Example

Job details: Tannenbaum Timber is the number one Christmas tree farm in all of Nebraska, and we are branching out to become a forest plant supplier by 2024. We love growing Christmas trees, but we beleaf that we can further develop our community if we invest in marketing other forest products such as moss, ferns, and woody undergrowth. As we shift from being a moderate Christmas tree farm to a forest plant supplier, we must comply with all federal and state laws regarding this new venture.

We are looking for a senior attorney of counsel specializing in agricultural law. We hope our new attorney will become buds with us at Tannenbaum Timber! They will ensure our compliance with state and federal laws, guide us in becoming a bigger forestry supplier, and provide legal assistance for all documentation and processes.

Responsibilities

  • Evaluate the company's current legal compliance plan and identify gaps or errors
  • Research forestry law to determine essential components of the compliance plan
  • Identify potential risks with company ventures in regards to forestry law
  • Educate employees on federal and state forestry laws and regulations 
  • Update and keep meticulous legal records 
  • Provide contract support and legal advice in all areas of agricultural laws
  • Obtain proper licenses and certifications 
  • Advise and guide junior legal support staff 
  • Build relationships with junior legal support staff, farmers, partners, and stakeholders

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and J.D. from accredited law school
  • Member in good standing of Nebraska State Bar
  • License to practice law in the state of Nebraska
  • Minimum 8 years of experience, 5 of which must be in agricultural law
  • Thorough knowledge of environmental and landowner legislation
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Excellent research ability with an eye for detail
  • Adaptable and easy-going

Benefits

  • $150–241K annual salary depending on experience
  • Health, dental, vision, and disability insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Paid time off
  • Remote options
  • Tuition reimbursement

About the company: Tannenbaum Timber has been a staple of Royal Pines, Nebraska, since 1882. Our founder, Douglas Pine, loved trees and Christmas, but he loved gifting Christmas trees to his community even more. Since the Christmas of 1882, Tannenbaum Timber has provided thousands of trees to happy families, making the holidays brighter. 

The Pine family still runs our Christmas tree farm, and we continue their legacy by growing our trees with only the best organic, all-natural products so that you can have the healthiest tree possible. Come and chop one down yourself on our 1,025 acres of forest, or choose one from our shop.

Experience our famous Tannenbaum Timber hospitality when you pick out a complimentary Christmas star and grab a Grandma Pine's hot cocoa cup. We're open year-round for tours, lessons, and nature walks, so stop by today to experience Tannenbaum Timber!

Trademark Attorney Job Description Example

Job details: Classics United Entertainment is the primary distributor for classical Western entertainment. We provide classical standards with only the highest quality performances and service. Whether it's a symphony, a Shakespeare festival, or a seasonal ballet, you can find us behind the camera, in the wings, or backstage.

Our trademark attorney will provide legal counsel and support to CUE (including Balt Streaming, Spears & Things costumes & sets, and all Classic-Endorsed shows). They will assist throughout the trademark registration process for each trademark under CUE and provide legal counsel regarding all legal procedures and documentation. 

Responsibilities

  • Assist with the entirety of the trademark filing process, providing step-by-step legal counsel 
  • Consult with CUE cross-functional teams on trademark creation for all branches associated with CUE
  • Conduct worldwide clearance trademark searches
  • Research U.S. trademark law
  • Provide strategic legal advice regarding the USPTO TEAS Plus application
  • Draft and review all legal documents for accuracy and completeness, including correspondence, a COI, a POA, and the TEAS Plus
  • Respond to USPTO actions and correspondence
  • Represent CUE at the USPTO Trial and Appeal Board and in court, if necessary
  • Provide strategic guidance and feedback in the trademark enforcement process
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to build, support, and enforce CUE brand guidelines
  • Develop legal training and procedures for future trademark attorneys and legal consultants

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate from accredited law school
  • Oregon law license
  • Member in good standing with State Bar of Oregon
  • Minimum 6 years marketing, intellectual property, or trademark law experience, with counseling and clearance expertise
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Intermediate experience with trademark search platforms, such as LegalZoom or Trademark Center
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work/communicate with a diverse group of staff members and clients
  • Experience with the entertainment industry, specifically live shows, is a plus

Benefits

  • Annual salary from $124–211K 
  • Life, medical, dental, vision insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Employee discounts on all CUE products and services

About the company: Classic United Entertainment is the leading entertainment group for all things classical Western entertainment. We're best known for our streaming service, national show sponsorships, and partnerships with theaters across the country, but that's not all we do!

We are also home to a research organization and a costume and set division for all your production needs. We partner with tech companies around the country so you can have the best tech support possible for your show.

If you want the best in classical Western entertainment, choose CUE! We have offices around the country, but stop by our home base in Ashland, Oregon, to see our museum of Western artifacts. Inquire about sponsorship for your show, find out how to get a subscription to our streaming service, or view our vast collection of historical artifacts and costumes.

Your Guide to Writing the Best Attorney Job Description

Job descriptions are your first impression, so it's in your best interest to show that you're professional and prepared. Often, though, job descriptions are boring, ambiguous, and superficial. Some writers pour their efforts into describing the job on the company website but become oddly lax with the ones on job boards. (We've seen five different job descriptions for government positions with just the word "help" listed in requirements.)

The problem is, how many readers are going to make it to your website when all they see is poor content? The answer is "not many." If you have subpar content, attorneys will readily spot a lack of care and attention. A clumsy job description will turn away high-caliber applicants, so it pays to invest in writing a winning job description. 

Due process for job descriptions 

Writing a great job description follows a series of steps, just like a legal case. We've provided an outline below, so you know exactly what to include, but of course, the writing part is up to you!

The first step is to get words on paper (or the screen). Use the outline we've provided and fill in all relevant details. Write in the details until the outline is complete. What do you think your attorney needs to know? What's essential to do the job? 

Then go back and add one key element: why you're hiring. You need an attorney, but what specific function do you need them to fulfill? Is your firm growing, and do you need a tried and tested attorney on your family law team?

Do you need an attorney fluent in Spanish for your immigration law firm? Make it abundantly clear what role you expect your attorney to fill.

Even though you now have all your information down, you're far from finished. Revision is one step most writers miss, but it's essential when attracting amazing attorneys. Grammarly has an excellent guide on revising for conciseness, which is critical for a job description.

Shorten sentences, use power verbs, and keep your applicant in mind. They already have to read pages and pages of legal jargon—don't make them scroll through paragraphs of useless information so they can apply for the job. Keep it simple, and the attorney cover letters will begin pouring in!

After you've revised for content and conciseness, adjust your tone. Attorneys are persistent, caring, and discerning—does your job description reflect those qualities? If it doesn't, read some sources about attorney work to see how real attorneys act and think. One great example is the Power of One article about the lawyer as an advocate—attorneys are both personal and professional, which your job description needs to mimic.

Now it's time for cross-examination! Have your co-workers read through your job description and ask what works and what's irrelevant or confusing. It's hard to hear corrections, but it will strengthen your argument (your job description). Once you've heard their counterarguments, make the necessary revisions.

Lastly, review your formatting. Even if your content gets a winning verdict, poor formatting can ruin your efforts. When uploading your job description to job boards, check that it looks exactly as intended. 

Then, hit "submit" and wait for your future applicants to start sending in their attorney resumes!

Make an outline to start your attorney job description

It may feel like writing a case brief is easier than writing a job description, but never fear! Use this handy outline to guide you through the process. 

Job details: This is an introduction to your company, the job, and why you're hiring a new attorney. Include just enough points to be informative, but not so many it's overwhelming. As brief as it is, though, don't feel like you can't be interesting—strike a balance between professional and engaging to draw the reader in without appearing overly formal or too casual. 

What you'll be doing/Roles/Responsibilities/Requirements: Most attorney positions share similar responsibilities, but that doesn't mean you should neglect this section. Every role varies, just as every company is different, so your job description should reflect that (Please don't just write "provide legal counsel" and leave it at that). Give concise requirements that are detailed but limited in number to provide an accurate portrait of your future attorney's general tasks.

Examples

  1. Analyze the prosecutor's case and evidence for any loopholes, logical fallacies, or errors
  2. Identify potential risks with company ventures in regards to forestry law
  3. Draft and review all legal documents for accuracy and completeness, including correspondence, a COI, a POA, the TEAS Plus, and any other documents

Qualifications: Many job descriptions either stuff or starve this section. Both sides forget the goal: to give a snapshot of the skills required to do the job. You shouldn't list every possible qualification, nor should you assume that a degree and license are enough. Be descriptive, but remember that qualifications aren't everything, and sometimes amazing candidates might not have the experience yet.

Examples:

  1. Juris Doctorate from accredited law school
  2. Oregon law license
  3. Member in good standing with State Bar of Oregon
  4. Minimum 3 years of criminal trial experience
  5. Intermediate experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint

Benefits: Benefits are a great way to entice applicants, so adding this section can be a major bonus. This section includes a salary range, insurance options, and other perks your company offers. Feel free to get specific, too—a few fun benefits like "Food Truck Fridays" make you sound more personable.

That being said, don't put this information first. It's not the most important, so it needs to come later on in the list. 

About the company: Many job descriptions add too much information here. Again, those job descriptions forget their audience. It's important to talk about your company, so the applicants know who they'll represent and work for, but they don't need to know every case your firm has won. Be brief and to the point, while still upbeat and relaxed in this section.

The many responsibilities and functions of an attorney 

It's easy to imagine attorneys forever living in court or studying case law in their offices; however, they balance much more than just those responsibilities. If you're struggling to understand an attorney's daily life, use the following list to generate some examples for your job description. One attorney may not be doing all of this, but it's a general outline of the expected functions of most attorneys.

Servant

  • The main goal of an attorney is to serve the public, making them servants of the people (but not public servants in the official sense). Whether they work in the government or private practice, attorneys are there to make sure justice is delivered. Not all attorneys will work in an official public law setting as official public servants. Still, attorneys do their best to help people (and according to the ABA Journal, it's often why they love being lawyers). 
    • Provide legal advice to clients, representing, defending, and advocating for them in a court of law. Must demonstrate a professional, trustworthy, and caring attitude toward clients.
    • This role requires strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills and a dedication to doing good for the community.

Court Representative 

  • It's the classic image of an attorney—them standing in a courtroom, debating the case, and standing up for their client. However cliché, it still holds for some attorneys (namely, trial and criminal defense attorneys). This isn't the case for all attorney positions, but it's an important role that many play. 
    • Support the client at the arraignment, present the case facts, present evidence, cross-examine witnesses, answer client questions, and talk to the jury, witnesses, and judge.
    • This role requires solid verbal and interpersonal communication skills and an analytical mindset. They must also be a confident, experienced negotiator.

Researcher

  • Attorneys have to know their case inside and out, which means understanding everything about the case, including previous rulings, requirements of the law, and good defense/prosecution tactics. Thus, attorneys spend a lot of their time studying and memorizing.
    • Analyze the facts of a case and find relevant primary and secondary sources relating to laws/regulations/statutes/treatises involved in the case based on its jurisdiction.
    • Review all sources to confirm accuracy and relevancy using a citator, and create a defense or prosecution strategy for the client.
    • Use technology like Casetext, Clio Manage, and KeyCite to aid your research.
    • This role will require familiarity with citators and case law technology, strong written communication, excellent critical thinking skills, and experience conducting legal research.

Advocate

  • To clarify, we're talking about the general responsibilities of advocating for someone, not the professional position of an advocate (which is different from an attorney). Being an advocate means becoming a client's spokesperson and legal consultant. They speak for their client and offer help as they navigate the legal process. It's a humbling responsibility to take on someone's sorrows and fight their battles, but it's one that attorneys choose every day.
    • Explain legal proceedings, practices, and documentation to the client, and answer any questions they may have.
    • Represent your client to the best of your ability and with integrity to legal professionals to obtain a favorable result for the client and the company. 
    • This role will require stellar interpersonal, written, and oral presentation communication skills. It will also require diligence, confidence, and high emotional intelligence. 

Problem Solver

  • Put simply, attorneys solve problems. All-day, every day, lawyers find answers and fix problems. They see their clients facing huge fines, lawsuits, or potential legal trouble, and they find a solution. But even beyond that, they're mindful of improving their company and its legal procedures. 
    • Identify ineffective or inefficient methods throughout the legal process, define the problem, and find a solution through research, consultation, or restructuring.
    • Research client cases to find precedents and relevant sources, then create a legal strategy to obtain the best outcome possible.
    • This role will require sharp critical thinking skills and a creative, analytical mindset.

Salesperson

  • It sounds too basic to say an attorney does sales work, but it's true. Salespeople and attorneys both identify the client's problems and find solutions. According to Inc.com, attorneys are very similar to salespeople. They convince the client that signing with them is the best decision and work to make their partnership operate as smoothly as possible.
    • Identify the needs and concerns of the client and devise strategies to relieve them of said problems by working with our firm. While working with a client, identify obstacles and propose solutions while serving them in a friendly, trustworthy manner.
    • This role will require advanced critical thinking skills, written/verbal/interpersonal communication skills, and a problem-solver mindset.