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In the United States, an attorney is an officer of the court who represents litigants, usually for money. Attorneys are sometimes called lawyers.

An attorney at law is an officer of the court, and as such is required, in the United States, to take a binding oath of office to observe the United States Constitution and the constitution of the state of residence. Each state regulates by law the training and qualifications of attorneys. Usually a preliminary examination in general scholarship is required, followed by study at a school of law and sometimes by a clerkship or apprenticeship, from one to two years, with a practicing attorney. Finally, an applicant must pass an examination in law before being admitted to the bar.[1]