How does a lawyer make so much money nowadays?
After a five-year recession in the "big law" market, we're beginning to see a few $160,000 a year jobs surfacing again. But that doesn't change the fact that the average lawyer makes $50,000 or $60,000 a year.
Most lawyers don't work for law firms. They work for the government, as a district attorney or public defender; as an advocate in the juvenile justice or education systems; As advisors to city-owned institutions from homeless shelters and hospitals to jails and juvenile detention centers. And like most public employees, they don't make a lot of money.