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Someone who studies or practises Law, usually a member of the legal prfession as either a solicitor or barrister. very often the better lawyers are involved in fighting for Human Rights and Civil Liberties in courts and the academic kind often researches to find out what effects laws are having on real people.

Often insulted by people who don't know how hard work it is and how much the authorities and corporations would trample over their rights if lawyers and the law didn't exist.
"Look at that dead lawyer in Northern Ireland that was shot for supporting the wrong side, thank god there's one less of them!" - a stupid person
by Melchett May 01, 2004
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A student in the laws of a sovereign body. To become a lawyer one must study the basics of the law for a specified period than pass a difficult proficiency examination.
To me a lawyer is basically the person that knows the
rules of the country. We're all throwing the dice, playing the game, moving our
pieces around the board, but if there's a problem, the lawyer is the only person
that has read the inside of the top of the box. I think one of the fun things
for them is to say, "objection." "Objection! Objection, your Honor."
Objection, of course, is the adult version of, "Fraid not." To which the judge
can say two things, he can say, "overruled" which is the adult version of "Fraid
so," or he could say, "sustained," which is the adult version of "Duh."
- Jerry Seinfeld
by Darth Nick January 04, 2005
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A white guy you pay to convince the judge/jury that you didn't do it.
TYRONE BIGGINS:Yeah that nigga's fucked. The judge aint' gonna take it easy on a nigga.

Alexander:He be needin a laywer.

TYRONE: Nigga, what?

A: You know, nigga! Lawyer be some white dude willing to pretend to be your friend 'n shit in front of the judge so you ain't look so bad.

TYRONE: Aw yeah, he be like "Look, Imma white guy, and I'm aksin nicely to take it easy on dis nigga"

"Lawyer Commercial*
Some lawyer sounding voice: Here at Wilson in Wilson we know how it be for a nigga. Haters don't think it be like it is, but it do. But we do. I'm Greg Wilson, and I'll be your white guy.

TYRONE: Da fuuu...?
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A person using methods you don't understand to solve problems you can't see
Layman: what beautiful day!

Lawyer: NO! it's a horrible day filled with legal issues! But fear not, because I am reasonably convinced that we can fix the problem of the possible undermining of competition law in the UPC regime, that will manifest itself as the UPC not allowing competiton law defenses in 'hold up' standard essential patent cases as the basis for a denial of a preliminary injunction in a infringement case even if the proprietor has given an offer that is not nessecarily against the practice of giving licenses on FRAND (Fair Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) terms, but none the less has rejected an offer from the alledged infringer that certainly does fall within the scope of FRAND terms, that is likely to appear because of the inherent risks of doctrinal isolation, by simply broadening the scope of the indispensability test, thus, not only allowing a competition law defense because the would-be licensee intends to offer a new product or service that the propritor does not provide and there is a potential consumer demand for this product or service, without there being any objectively justifiable reasons for the refusal and that the refusal must must entail an elimination of competition in a secondary market but also if the proprietor is dominant in the sector and the would be licensee gives an offer that falls within the scope of FRAND terms, even though it might be lower than what the proprietors usual fees are.

Layman: The who the where and the what now?
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A zealous advocate acting as an agent for a client. The duty to the client is a fiduciary duty, the highest duty the law can impose. As a result of this duty a lawyer is required to obtain extensive knowledge of the law along with a high level of legal research and analysis skills. Another result of the fiduciary duty is that the attorney must act in the client's best interest regardless of personal interests or moral objections. The lawyer must use any tool given by the law to ensure the most attractive outcome for the client, including technicalities and vague language.
Lawyers are often criticized for the duties they are bound to uphold. Lawyers are also criticized for following poorly written laws that they are bound to follow, created by the legislative branch of government, which represents the people.

Lawyers are the people's most important defense against governmental and private intrusions on personal and property rights.

Lawyers knowledge of the law makes abuse of their duties especially dangerous to a society that relies on them.
by J. Peterson March 23, 2006
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A person who knows about the law, the loopholes in the law, and the Constitution (the Constitution has no loopholes), and will use any and all of the above to get you out of whatever stupid ass mess that your stupid ass got you into. You will love this person, until you pay them, when you will hate them, but at least you will be out of jail, unless you lost. A lawyer typically is an unhappy looking nerd typing on a blackberry, unless they work for the government, in which case they are harder to pinpoint.
Marc: Look at that lawyer, he scares me shitless with his knowledge of the law and the Constitution

Anne: What are you talking about, lawyers are just like us

Marc: What are you, on drugs?

Anne: (Hours later, after coming off high) Yes, I was. The cops arrested me for possession. I have to call my lawyer now

by Arnold43214 October 05, 2007
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