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Career and Education Opportunities for Lawyers in New York

New York has a population of 19,541,453, which has grown by 2.98% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Empire State," its capital is Albany, though its biggest city is New York.

About 85,610 people are currently employed as lawyers in New York. By 2016, this is expected to grow 6% to about 90,960 people employed. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for lawyers are expected to grow by about 13.0%. Lawyers generally represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, and manage or advise clients on legal transactions.

Lawyers earn about $63 hourly or $132,170 yearly on average in New York and about $53 per hour or $110,590 per year on average nationally. Earnings for lawyers are better than earnings in the general category of Representation in New York and better than general Representation category earnings nationally. Lawyers work in a variety of jobs, including: legal arbitrator, assistant counsel, and divorce lawyer.

In 2008, there were a total of 11,289,001 jobs in New York. The average annual income was $48,809 in 2008, up from $47,628 the previous year. The unemployment rate in New York was 8.4% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. Approximately 27.4% of New York residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New York include securities contracts intermediation, investment banking dealing, and apparel, piece goods, and notions merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the 122nd St LLC, the 77 Gallery Limited, and the Anthology Film Archives Administration.

CITIES WITH Lawyer OPPORTUNITIES IN New York


JOB DESCRIPTION: Lawyer

Lawyer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, lawyers represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, and manage or advise clients on legal transactions. They also may specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Every day, lawyers are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they write clearly and communicate well.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in New York include:

  • Administrative Law Judge. Conduct hearings to decide or recommend decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters and prepare decisions. Determine penalties or the existence and the amount of liability, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims, or compromise settlements.
  • Arbitrator. Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
  • Judge. Arbitrate, advise, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May issue marriage licenses and perform wedding ceremonies.
  • Legal Assistant. Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts, or preparing legal documents. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.
  • Paralegal. Assist lawyers or judges by researching or preparing legal documents. May meet with clients or assist lawyers and judges in court.

LOCATION INFORMATION: New York

New York
New York photo by William Warby

New York has a population of 19,541,453, which has grown by 2.98% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Empire State," its capital is Albany, though its most populous city is New York. In 2008, there were a total of 11,289,001 jobs in New York. The average annual income was $48,809 in 2008, up from $47,628 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New York was 8.4% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. Approximately 27.4% of New York residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New York include securities contracts intermediation, investment banking dealing, and apparel, piece goods, and notions merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Abigail Adams Smith Museum, the Asian American Arts Centre, and the Anthology Film Archives Administration.