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whats the difference between an advocate and a lawyer

what was the difference between the words a lawyer and an advocate.
does both are same or else having any differences.....?
whoever knows it just let me know..


 14 Replies

Shree. ( Advocate.)     30 September 2008

Dear E.Prakash,

Lawyer is a person who knows law... in simple words... he is a law graduate. It is not necessary for him to carry the brief of the client...

While an advocate is a practicing lawyer... a lawyer who pleads in the court is called an advocate..

therefore every ADVOCATE is a LAWYER, but every LAWYER is not an ADVOCATE.

Hope you understand now clearly.


SHEKHAR MISHRA (public servant)     30 September 2008

Shree  is   right.

siddu (Advocate)     30 September 2008

Lawyer means  a person who is well versed with the laws, is known as Lawyer. And the Advocate is one who advocates in favour of the client according to his knowledge as a Lawyer. The Lawyer and the advocate is one another same. The technical point is that a person can give legal advice as a lawyer and the same person can advocate for the others interest at the Courts.


Advocate, Karnataka

Tribhuwan Pandey (Advocate)     30 September 2008

Lawyer - who is law graduate and have law degree.

Advocate - who has licence issued by the Bar Counsel to practice in the court of law on behalf of his client.

Lawyers have no such right.

Vijay Kumar (Advocate)     30 September 2008

I think even MANU was a lawyer.

K.C.Suresh (Advocate)     01 October 2008


A lawyer, according to Black's Law Dictionary, is "a person learned in the law; as an attorney, counsel or solicitor; a person licensed to practice law."

An advocate is one who speaks on behalf of another person, especially in a legal context.

Lawyer is a big circle and Advocate is circle inside that.

Manish Singh (Advocate)     01 October 2008

I concur with the view expressed by Mr. Pandey since in Indian context, advocates are those who are enrolled with the bar and have authority to appear in courts.

Ravi Arora (Advocate)     01 October 2008

lawyers or  Advocates   one and the same thing.


person who is trained and qualified in law and who does legal work


for other person is lawyer or you can say an advocate

ca.bhupendrashah (FCADISA)     01 October 2008

knowledge plus right to carry a brief for a client = adv.

prabodh kumar patel (advocate)     10 October 2008

Please also differenciate attorney, counsel & solicitor.

Shree. ( Advocate.)     11 October 2008

Dear Prabodh Kumar,


Webster’s sees a Lawyer as:

“a specialist in or a practitioner of law or a specialist (as an attorney, counselor, solicitor, barrister, or advocate) professionally engaged in conducting lawsuits for clients or to advise as to the prosecution or defense of lawsuits or as to legal rights and obligations in other matters.”

An Attorney as:

“one legally appointed by another to transact business for him or her, specifically as a legal agent qualified to act for suitors and defendants in legal proceedings.”

an Advocate as:

“one that pleads the cause of another, as a defender, specifically as one that pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court, or as a counselor.” The word advocate sees use as the technical name in Scotland, France, and various other countries that would rather base their legal system on the Roman law than on no legal system at all. It sees use in the English ecclesiastical courts and various other special courts.”

a Solicitor either as:

“a person formerly admitted to practice law in an English court of chancery or equity” or as “a person currently admitted to practice law and conduct litigation in any English court including the officers formerly called attorney-at-law and proctor but distinguished from the barrister in not having the right to plead in open court except in a few minor courts” or as

“a law officer of a city, town, department, or government.”

a barrister either as:

“a counsel admitted to plead at the bar and undertake the public trial of causes in an English superior court” or as a counselor-at-law, but not as a solicitor. You would generally call a lawyer and an attorney a barrister and vice versa.


counsel both as:

“an adviser and a lawyer engaged in the trial or management of a cause in court” or as:

“a barrister” but mostly as:

“a lawyer appointed or engaged to advise and represent a particular client, public officer, or public body in legal matters (as before a government agency)” in which case Webster’s would rather call it a legal counsel or, whether it baffles the mind or not, a consultant.

Wether a student of English or as a total layman, I think you'd call them all a lawyer, no matter what cause they plead or advocate. I don't think you'd go, "I'll go get a solicitor to sue X for Y." You'd likely go, "I'll go get a lawyer..." instead. So much less for any of the other variously named guys above. They, too, if provoked, would scamper for or call out to a lawyer.

Others members will make better distinctions.

Hope u could understand now.

prabodh kumar patel (advocate)     11 October 2008



To Mr Shree


this is E.Prakash,


with your answer regarding the difference between an advocate and a laywer, now i knows the exact difference between a lawyer and an advocate.


thanking you for your reply



sunil pagare (lawyer)     26 November 2009

According to Oxford Dic. Advocate means a person who pleads for another / a professional pleader in a Court of Justic & Lawyer means a member of legal profession / a Solicitor.

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