What is the difference between attorney and a lawyer?
An attorney is licensed to practice law in a specific jurisdiction. This means that attorneys are authorized to practice law only within the state or federal district where they’ve been admitted. Attorneys must meet additional licensing requirements, such as passing the bar exam and meeting character and fitness requirements, before they can work.
Lawyers are licensed to practice law anywhere in the United States or abroad, but they must first be admitted by another jurisdiction’s bar association (lawyer’s professional association). Lawyers don’t have any specialized training compared to attorneys because they’re not required to take any coursework or pass an exam before entering into their profession. Most lawyers have a J.D., Juris Doctor degree which stands for Doctor of Jurisprudence; this degree is required for most jobs within the profession