Attorneys give advice to clients regarding their rights and obligations on matters relating to the law. They serve a variety of clients including business organizations, local authorities, the government and individuals. 

Attorneys have different areas of specialisation, however, most are involved with basic activities relating to the representation of clients both in civil and criminal cases. In civil cases an attorney may assist a client with contracts, leases, wills and trusts. In criminal cases an attorney may act on behalf of a client charged with a criminal offence. In every case an attorney needs to consult the client to determine the nature of the problem and to give advice.

Areas of specialisation may include the following:

  • Business and Corporate Law

  • Civil and Criminal Litigation

  • Property Transactions

  • Taxation

  • Estate Planning and Business

  • Patent Law

  • Personal Advice


  • business firms

  • central, provincial or local government

  • law schools

  • legal aid societies such as non-profit organisations

  • self-employment, in private practice

Getting Started

  • arrange to speak to an attorney to obtain first-hand information about this field

  • try to obtain vacation work in a law office

  • attend open court sessions

  • join a debating society and take part in discussions


Africa Nazarene University, Alliance International University, Archbishop James University College, Catholic University of Eastern African, Egerton University, Gaborone University College of Law and Professional Studies, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Gideon Roberts University, Great Zimbabwe University, Institute of Applied Sciences, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Tanzania), Kabarak University, Karatina University, Kenneth Kaunda Metropolitan University, Kenyatta University, Kibabii University, Kigali Independent University, Kisii University, Makerere University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Middlesex University Mauritius, Moi University, Monash South Africa, Mount Kenya University, Mulungushi University, Mzumbe University, National University of Lesotho, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Nkumba University, North-West University, Open University of Tanzania, Pearson Institute of Higher Education, Pwani University College, Riara University, Rongo University College, Southern Business School, St. Augustine University of Tanzania, Strathmore University, Technical University of Mombasa, The Eastern University, Trinity University, Tumaini University Makumira, Uganda Christian University, United States International University, University for Development Studies, University of Botswana, University of Cape Coast, University of Cape Town, University of Dar Es Salaam, University of Fort Hare, University of Ghana, University of Iringa, University of Johannesburg, University of Kigali, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Limpopo, University of Lusaka, University of Mauritius, University of Nairobi, University of Pretoria, University of Professional Studies (Upsa), University of Rwanda, University of Stellenbosch, University of Swaziland, University of the Free State, University of the Western Cape, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Zambia, University of Zululand, Varsity College, Walter Sisulu University, Zambian Open University, Zenith University College


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