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What is a lawyer?

Your task: Watch this video in which we ask members of the public about the first thing they think of when they hear the word ‘lawyer’.
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SPEAKER 1: Money.
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SPEAKER 2: Or cases.
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SPEAKER 3: Well-educated.
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Likely to have a number of degrees under their belt. Likely to earn quite a considerable amount in money during their career.
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SPEAKER 4: I think for me it means high case load. So constantly busy. In and out of court. Always having to solve an issue, a case.
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SPEAKER 5: Suit. Successful.
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SPEAKER 6: Defending the innocent.
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SPEAKER 7: Challenging. Prestige.
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SPEAKER 8: Court.
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SPEAKER 9: Court, Judges. Things like that yeah.
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SPEAKER 10: Rightness maybe.
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SPEAKER 11: Breaking the law.
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SPEAKER 12: I would say a trial basically.
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SPEAKER 13: Someone who defends and prosecutes. It could be anything. Contract, tort, anything.
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SPEAKER 14: Hard-working. But yeah, generally quite intelligent.
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SPEAKER 15: So the justice system I suppose.
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SPEAKER 16: Lawyer? Trouble.
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SPEAKER 15: Well, I think it’s sort of complicated really. I think there is a lot of people don’t really understand about the legal system, which probably it’s because it’s incredibly complicated. But also I don’t think it’s sort of made quite well-known enough exactly what lawyers do.
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SPEAKER 17: [INAUDIBLE]
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SPEAKER 18: To be honest with you, I don’t know.
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SPEAKER 19: (LAUGHING) Why am I laughing? It’s not really funny.
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SPEAKER 20: Rich.
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SPEAKER 21: Rich?
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SPEAKER 19: Yes, Rich.
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SPEAKER 21: Yes.
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SPEAKER 22: Contracts. Criminals. Law.
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SPEAKER 19: Smart, maybe.
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SPEAKER 20: Yeah.
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SPEAKER 19: A bit snobby I guess. I don’t know. Maybe I’m going far left.
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SPEAKER 16: Financial issues or expensive. What else? I think that’s it.
Watch this video in which we ask members of the public about the first thing they think of when they hear the word ‘lawyer’. See if you agree with what those on the screen are saying, and try to connect the video with what we have just learned about lawyers in England and Wales.
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