In general we all use these two terms ( lawyer, advocate) interchangeably. But there are some differences in between these two terms. In this topic we will discuss about what is the difference in between lawyer & advocate.

LAWYER

The person who has succeeded his law degree ( LLB – Bachelor in Legislative Law ) is called a lawyer. Duties of a lawyer is to give legal advice but he can’t stand in favour of a client in the court of law.

ADVOCATE

The person who has completed law degree(LLB) & passed the AIBE ( All India Bar Examination ) & registered himself in BCI ( Bar Council of India) , s/he is called an advocate. Advocate is a lawyer , who is eligible to stand in the court of law on behalf of a client.

There are other terms those are related to these two terms but different in meaning.

BARRISTER – The person who has completed L.L.B from UK (United kingdom) then s/he is called a barrister.

PUBLIC PROSECUTOR – State Government appoints them. They stand in support of State Government in the public interest.

PLEADER – These type of advocates plead in the court of law on behalf of any side (client ).

ADVOCATE GENERAL -The Chief of the advocates of a state in India is called an Advocate General.

ATTORNEY GENERAL – Chief of advocates of India is called an Attorney General.

SOLICITOR GENERAL – Assistant of attorney general is called a Solicitor General.

LAWYER vs ADVOCATE

In short the basic difference between a lawyer & an advocate is ” Every advocate is a lawyer but every lawyer is not an advocate”. Both give legal advice but a lawyer can’t stand in the court on behalf of a client.

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