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Attorneys of all skills and experience levels are in high-demand, and finding a good fit is essential — that's where we come in. To help, let's break down the role of an attorney.

What does it take to be an attorney?

Attorneys, or lawyers, advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues. To work as an attorney, you must first earn a law degree. After law school, you must pass the bar exam for the state in which you want to practice. Each state bar also requires applicants to go through a moral character and fitness review process. To-be attorneys must also take a legally binding oath that they will uphold the codes and the Constitution of the United States. They will also be asked to honor the laws and constitution of their licensing state.

Where does an attorney work?

The majority of attorneys work on corporate legal teams in company offices or workspaces. Other lawyers work for federal, local, and state government agencies and hang their briefcases wherever those groups function.

What is a typical day for an attorney?

Depending on specialty, practice, and role in either a corporation or a law firm, the typical day for an attorney varies greatly. The responsibilities of a lawyer depend on their position within their legal function. Most attorneys work full time, and many work over 40 hours a week.

Whether your expertise is broad or specific, our recruiters have the connections, and experience, you can rely on. As a result, we can provide you with access to exclusive opportunities across a wide range of practice areas, including:

  • Administrative Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking & Commercial Finance
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Business Law
  • Contracts Law
  • Document Review
  • ERISA Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Government Contracts Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Legal Nursing
  • Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Maritime Law
  • Municipal Finance Law
  • Real Property Law
  • Securities Law
  • Tax Law
  • Telecommunications Law
  • Tort Law
  • Trust & Estates Law
  • Workers Comp Law

What's the difference between a good attorney and a great one?

Since 1987, Special Counsel has helped more talented attorneys connect to more rewarding career opportunities than anyone else. We understand that what separates winning attorneys from their counterparts is expertise. If you have it, we can help you put it to work for our distinguished clients—and for your future.

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  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
    Date Posted: 05/20
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Open
    Employment Type: Contract
    A fast-growing law firm in Boston is looking for a Corporate Attorney to help out on a temporary basis.  Do you enjoy working on complex and sophisticated transactional matters? View Details.
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
    Date Posted: 05/20
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Contracts Law
    Employment Type: Temporary
    A fantastic company North of Boston has an immediate need for a Contracts Attorney. This is an indefinite temporary opportunity....View Details.
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Date Posted: 05/18
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Temporary
    Are you a mid-level litigation attorney looking to get your foot in the door at a great Civil Litigation Law Firm? Our client, a firm in Center City...View Details.
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Date Posted: 05/18
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Contracts Law
    Employment Type: Temporary
    Are you a Junior-Level attorney seeking an opportunity to get your foot in the door In-House with a great corporate client in Center City?  Special Counsel has a temporary job opportunity for a Junior Attorney to review and analyze Corporate Commercial Contracts on a full-time basis...View Details.
  • Location: Detroit, Michigan
    Date Posted: 05/18
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Contract
    Special Counsel is currently seeking fluent German language document reviewers for an upcoming project in Detroit, MI! Below are the project...View Details.
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
    Date Posted: 05/18
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Contract
    Are you interested in temporary Attorney work in Orlando, Florida, courtesy of Special Counsel?  Do you have more than three years’ experience in litigation?   We have several upcoming temporary assignments expected to last several weeks.  
     
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  • Location: Washington, District of Columbia
    Date Posted: 05/18
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Intellectual Property
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Parker+Lynch Legal is assisting a top 10 AmLaw firm is looking for a Tech Transactions Associate for its Tysons Corner office. This is an UNPOSTED...View Details.
  • Location: Jacksonville, Florida
    Date Posted: 05/18
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Contract
    Document Review Attorney jobs are available in Jacksonville, FL courtesy of Special Counsel.
     
    Special Counsel, the leading legal search and staffing company in the nation and the Jacksonville area, has an immediate need for barred document review attorneys....
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  • Location: Washington, District of Columbia
    Date Posted: 05/17
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Open
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Parker + Lynch is working with a top International Law Firm to bring on a junior to mid-level Data Privacy Cybersecurity associate attorney for their...View Details.
  • Location: Washington, District of Columbia
    Date Posted: 05/17
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: International Law
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    A highly regarded Mid-Atlantic regional firm is seeking an Export Controls and Sanctions attorney with a modest book of business. This firm is very busy and looking to expand its International Trade practice. The ideal candidate will have at least 8 years of international business law,...View Details.
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