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Legal: Career and Education Opportunities in Pennsylvania

Legal: Legal professionals deal with general legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, advise clients on legal transactions, and may specialize in one area of law or practice in several areas of both criminal and civil proceedings. They are trained to apply the theories and practices of law in an unbiased manner that ensures integrity in determining and acting in the best interests of their clients.

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Pennsylvania has a population of 12,604,767, which has grown by 2.64% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Keystone State," its capital is Harrisburg, though its most populous city is Philadelphia. In 2008, there were a total of 7,407,409 jobs in Pennsylvania. The average annual income was $39,762 in 2008, up from $38,738 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 8.1% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 22.4% of Pennsylvania residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Pennsylvania include railroad rolling stock manufacturing, women's' cut apparel manufacturing, and community care facilities for the elderly. Notable tourist destinations include the Marian Anderson Residence Museum, the American Interfaith Institute, and the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary.


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Administration and Support

An integral part of the legal system, Legal Support staff make sure that the lawyers and judges who make the arguments and interpret the law, have the most up to date information and history at their finger tips. Acting as assistants and recorders, they provide the rich foundation of information that supports legal decision making.

At the core of our legal system, Legal Arbitrators at all levels listen to dueling arguments and come to balanced decisions based upon the facts and the law. Working as judges in the courtroom or arbitrators in business, their job is to make decisions in the face of conflict.

Lawyers play the important role of acting as expert advocates for individuals and organizations who are interacting with each other and with the legal system. Using knowledge of the law and its implications, their job is to fight for their clients and their rights.