Lawyers are an essential feature of every developed legal system. Without accessible lawyers to provide citizens with competent representation, the ideals of the legal system ring hollow. Legal aid is a right recognized by the European Convention on Human Rights. ‘Lawyers’ explores the role of lawyers and the differences between common law and civil law jurisdictions. It also examines how the profession is regulated. Although the majority of lawyers never set foot in a court, the essence of lawyering is the battle waged on behalf of the client. The skills of advocacy—whether in oral or written form—are paramount. Law is often war, and the lawyer is the warrior.