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    lawyer

    What are the differences between these terms?

    lawyer
    attorney
    solicitor
    barrister
    advocate
    mouthpiece
    counselor-at-law

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    Re: lawyer

    Have you considered a dictionary first?

    A mouthpiece is what you put in your mouth to protect your teeth during sports. This does not apply to any other of your words.

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    Re: lawyer

    The online dictionary says that they all mean the same. ("Rechtsanwalt" in German, "avocat" in French)

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    Re: lawyer

    For me, "mouthpiece" is another word for "spokesperson". A spokesperson might also happen to be a lawyer/solicitor/barrister etc, but they don't mean the same thing.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: lawyer

    The terms are used differently in different places. The first four are qualified lawyers.
    In Australia, a solicitor does office type work; a barrister appears in court.
    You can be an advocate for something with no legal qualifications.
    I don't know what a counselor-at-law is.

    Maybe if you tried a legal dictionary?:
    http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/attorney

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    Re: lawyer

    I have not heard of barrister, mouth piece or counselor-at-law. I have heard of attorney-at law but I'm not sure what it means. To me attorney and lawyer are the same thing.
    Last edited by andrewg927; 15-Jul-2017 at 22:58. Reason: Adding info

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    Re: lawyer

    The first Google hit for "definition of barrister" does show the word to be chiefly British but Wikipedia has a paragraph on barristers in the US.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: lawyer

    It's possible that we have barristers in the US but most people wouldn't know what they do.

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    Re: lawyer

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In Australia, a solicitor does office type work; a barrister appears in court.
    In the UK, solicitors can do court work, but at the higher levels, barristers are brought in.

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