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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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Attorney Job Postings

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  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
    Date Posted: 09/23
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Banking and Commercial Finance
    Employment Type: Contract To Hire
    Boutique cross-border transactions law firm located in Colorado has an immediate need for a Remote Part-Time Contract Corporate/Funds Attorney...View Details.
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
    Date Posted: 09/23
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Banking and Commercial Finance
    Employment Type: Contract
    Our client, an international software/hardware company has an immediate need for a Commercial Transactional Attorney will be responsible for...View Details.
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
    Date Posted: 09/21
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Litigation – Civil
    Employment Type: Contract To Hire
    Contract Litigation Attorney-Nashville, TN
    A Contract Litigation Attorney position is available courtesy of Special Counsel. Do you love practicing litigation in a fast-paced environment? Then this job is for you.  
    Job Duties:
    • 2-5 years of litigation experience...
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  • Location: Annapolis, Maryland
    Date Posted: 09/21
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Contract
    Contract Litigation Attorney
     
    Special Counsel is assisting a local client in their search for a long-term contract Litigation...
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  • Location: Wilton, Connecticut
    Date Posted: 09/21
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Contracts Law
    Employment Type: Contract
    Special Counsel is searching for an attorney with strong contracts experience for a part-time position to support the legal practice of another...View Details.
  • Location: Houston, Texas
    Date Posted: 09/21
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Temporary
    Special Counsel is currently seeking licensed document review attorneys for an upcoming project which is slated to start on Tuesday, 9.25.18.  The client is looking to review resumes for available candidates today, so please send your resume ASAP if you would like to be considered...View Details.
  • Location: San Jose, California
    Date Posted: 09/21
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Business Law
    Employment Type: Contract
    Our client, an international software/hardware company, located in San Jose has an immediate need for a Commercial Transactional Attorney will be responsible for drafting, negotiating, and assisting with business transactions. This is a part-time/full-time opportunity for an...View Details.
  • Location: San Francisco, California
    Date Posted: 09/21
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Trust & Estates
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Are you an estate planner looking for greater work-life balance? Are you looking for an opportunity with a reputable boutique law firm where you have room to grow?  
     
    Our client is looking for a trusts and estates associate attorney with at least four years of trusts and...
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  • Location: Century City, California
    Date Posted: 09/21
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Real Property
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    A great mid-level AmLaw 200 firm is currently looking for an experienced real estate associate to join their team with experience in acquisitions, dispositions, financing, and joint ventures. This role will report directly to a fantastically talented partner in LA, awarded and renowned...View Details.
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
    Date Posted: 09/21
    Position: Attorney
    Practice Area: Business Law
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Corporate Associate
     
    Parker + Lynch Legal, the direct hire division of Special Counsel, is recruiting a corporate attorney. Are you a...
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