Welcome back to another Grammar Time post. We hope this post will be quick, easy, and useful. Today, we thought we’d share some insight into the difference between lawyers and attorneys. We hope this refresher helps you with ideation.
A lawyer is someone who earned their law degree through law school. An attorney also has a law degree but they can actually practice the law in their state. A lawyer can offer legal advice but they have to pass the bar exam to provide legal representation.
AU blogs are slightly different. Aussies don’t use the word “attorney,” so we usually count this as a minor error if it pops up in an AU blog. The reader may understand it, but it sounds distinctly American to them. Australians use the words lawyer, solicitor, or barrister instead.
Overall, the point is that we use these words consistently and in a way that makes sense to our readers. This means that we avoid using attorney and lawyer interchangeably, even if the client provides both words as keywords.
We said it would be short. Until next time!