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British lawyer who advises clients, represents them in the lower courts, and prepares cases for barristers to try in higher courts. The education required of a solicitor includes a law school course and five years of apprenticeship with a practicing solicitor. In the U.S. the solicitor general represents the federal government in court, especially the Supreme Court of the United States.
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