Generally, we consider lawyer and advocate to be synonymous with each other but there prevails a few key differences between them. Let's make you know that attorney, advocate and solicitor also fall under the category of the lawyer.
Know the lawyer
When a person is still perusing law or LLB is known to be a lawyer. That person shall not be permitted to take stand in the court on behalf of his/her clients.
Any person who owns a law degree is considered as a lawyer. Categories of lawyers are advocates, attorneys, solicitors, etc. These personalities are specialists in various fields of law
Now, know who is an advocate?
A person when completes his/degree and are eligible to take stand in a court on behalf of his/her clients then he is known to be an advocate.
In South Africa and Scottish advocate is known by the name, barrister. Now you can relate this fact with the history of Mahatma Gandhi, that when he returned to India from South Africa he was known as a barrister.
Let's discuss this topic in detail.
Eligibility of a lawyer depends on his degree that whether he or she is still persuing law or not. If he is still perusing law or LLB then he or she is eligible to give legal advice but cannot stand in the court on behalf of his/her clothes.
Whereas, an advocate is eligible to take stand in favour of his/her clients in the court.
In the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth Nations, the term advocate is prevalent while in the USA the term lawyer is considered.
Must know that a lawyer cannot be an advocate but an advocate can be a lawyer.
Let's know the duties of both professionals.
An advocate represents a client in the court of law, speaks on behalf of a client as well as plead their case while a lawyer gives legal advice, eligible to do litigation. Here roles and duties changes depending upon the kind of lawyer.