A securities lawyer is a specialized type of attorney who only deals with cases related to the trading of stocks and bonds – purchasing, selling and otherwise transferring various types of investments related to the business world. The job of a securities lawyer is a sub-type of a business lawyer, and is more tightly concerned with the subject of investments. Securities lawyers are commonly involved in cases related to acquisitions and mergers, as well as dealing with mutual funds.
Becoming a securities lawyer is similar to what most other lawyers must go through – the job begins with a Bachelor’s degree and is followed by going through law school, where the student must specialize in the field of securities. Afterwards, a bar examination determines a candidate’s chances of getting their license to practice as an attorney. Securities lawyers typically have a bit more difficult education then regular ones, though the added challenge is normally compensated by the large salaries and other benefits attached to the job.
Like most other lawyers, a securities lawyer can earn very well – the job’s typical annual salary is between $100,000 – $120,000, and the median for 2009 was $112,000. Additionally, securities lawyers have some great prospects for developing themselves professionally, as the job’s involvement with the business sector is very beneficial in this regard. Securities lawyers can also adjust their working hours quite easily, offering them a great degree of flexibility and adjustment to their professional environment.