Sims 4: Guide to the Law Career


If you have the Sims 4 Discover University Expansion pack then your sim has the option to join the law career branch and become either an influential Judge or a successful Private Attorney. If you want to maximize the amount your sim can earn in their legal career, earning a degree can increase your pay.

This article will grow through everything you need to know about the law career, including how to join the law career, the ranks you can climb, and your sim’s overall potential with or without a degree.

How to join the law career

You can use either your phone, a computer, or your sim’s career tab to find a job. To use your phone you want to select the Business button (the yellow one with a briefcase in it) and then select “Find a Job.” Once you click on find a job a menu with all the available careers will appear.

To find a job using a computer you want to click on the computer, then select “career” and then “Find a Job.” Lastly, you can use your sim’s career tab, it is the small briefcase next to your sim’s aspiration, and if your sim does not currently have a job you will see a an option to “Join a Career.” If your sim already has a job this option won’t be under your career tab. Instead, this is where you will go to find information on your sim’s career, such as schedule, vacation days, salary, and more.

To join the law career you will want to select the law career when the menu of the available careers appear. Your sim will start out as a process server and will have to work hard to climb the ranks of the legal field.

If you are wondering how your sim can take advantage of their paid vacation days you can learn more in this article.

Climbing the ranks of the law career

The law career consists of ten levels that your sim can work hard and get promoted. Once they reach level 8 they will have the choice of one of two branches, either the Private Attorney Branch or the Judge Branch.

Level/TitlePay SchedulePromotion RequirementsBenefits
(1) Process Server$15/hr M-F: 8:00 am-5:00 pmN/AN/A
(2) File Clerk$18/hrM-F: 8:00 am-5:00 pmLevel 2 Research and Debate Skill$150 Bonus
Legal Case Files
(3) Legal Secretary$22/hrM-F: 8:00 am-5:00 pmLevel 3 Research and Debate Skill$200 Bonus
Chat about Scandalous Lawsuit Interaction
(4) Paralegal$30/hrM-F: 8:00 am-5:00 pmLevel 4 Research and Debate Skill
Pass Lawyer’s Exam
Level 2 Logic Skill
$350 Bonus
Take Lawyer’s Exam Interaction
Very Impressive Lawyer-y Desk Chair
(5) Budding Barrister$52/hrM-F: 9:00 am-5:00 pmLevel 5 Research and Debate Skill
Level 2 Charisma Skill
$450 Bonus
Offer Legal Representation Interaction
New Clothes
(6) Adept Attorney$75/hrM-F: 9:00 am-5:00 pmLevel 6 Research and Debate Skill
Level 3 Logic Skill
$500 Bonus
Very Impressive Lawyer-y Desk
(7) Promising Prosecutor$105/hrM-F: 9:00 am-4:00 pmLevel 7 Research and Debate Skill
Level 3 Charisma Skill
$750 Bonus
Barrister’s Bookcase

Before you can advance to level 5 of the legal career your sim must pass the lawyer’s exam. Your sim can take the lawyer’s exam by going to the computer, selecting “Career” then “Law Career” and then select Take Lawyer’s Exam.

The Judge Branch*

Level/TitlePaySchedulePromotion RequirementsBenefits
(8) Gavel Smasher$120/hrM-F: 9:00 am-4:00 pmLevel 8 Research and Debate Skill
Level 5 Logic Skill
$1,200 Bonus
New Clothes
Read Pleadings, Research Legal Issues, and Visit University Law Class Interactions
(9) Honorable Arbitrator$220/hrT/Th/F: 8:00am-4:00pmLevel 9 Research and Debate Skill
Level 6 Logic Skill
$1,500
Guest Speak at University about Law Interaction
(10) Chief of Justice$425/hrT-Th: 8:00 am-3:00 pmLevel 10 Research and Debate Skill
Level 7 Logic Skill
$2,200 Bonus
On a Scale of 1 to Justice

The Private Attorney Branch*

Level/TitlePaySchedulePromotion RequirementsBenefits
(8) Lead Litigator$140/hrM-F: 9:00 am-5:00 pmLevel 8 Research and Debate Skill
Level 5 Charisma Skill
$1,450 Bonus
Craft Legal Argument, Research Case Law, and Visit University Law Class Interactions
New Clothes
(9) Legal Eagle$225/hrT-F: 9:00 am-5:00 pmLevel 9 Research and Debate Skill
Level 6 Charisma Skill
$1,850 Bonus
(10) Preeminent Partner$450/hrT-F: 8:00 am-3:00 pmLevel 10 Research and Debate Skill
Level 7 Charisma Skill
$2,600 Bonus
On a Scale of 1 to Justice

*These numbers can change if your sim has a relevant degree. Keep reading below if you want to know the pay for a college graduate.

Sims 4 Discover University

The law career is included in the Sims 4 Discover University expansion pack. This pack allows your sims to pursue higher education, join student organizations, and enjoy all the college life has to offer. You also have the ability to jump start any career if you have an right degree.

Learn how to enroll in university, apply for scholarships, and more here.

Which degrees help advance you in the law career?

There are two degrees that help your sim with the law career, a History degree and a Language and Literature degree. You need to choose which one to pursue based on which branch you would like to pursue.

If you get a History degree your sim will have the option to skip ahead and join the Judge branch of the law career. When you join your career you will receive a signing bonus and your daily pay. Depending on the level of degree and whether your sims graduated with or without honors your sim will receive a starting bonus anywhere from $1,950 to $2,535 with a variety of hourly pay.

If your sim attends the University of Britechester and is accepted to the distinguished degree program, they have the chance to earn a distinguished History degree and earn higher bonuses and daily pay.

History Degree TypeBonusStarting Pay
Distinguished History Degree with Honors$2,535$186/hr
Distinguished History Degree$2,438$166/hr
History Degree with Honors$2,145$163/hr
History Degree $1,950$158/hr

The type of History degree will not only help your sim with the starting pay and starting bonus, but your hourly rate will vary through your sim’s entire career. The table below is what you should expect your sim to make while maxing out their law career in the Judge’s Branch.

Title/LevelDistinguished W/HonorsDistinguished W/ HonorsHistory Degree
(9) Honorable Arbitrator$341/hr$305/hr$299/hr$290/hr
(10) Chief of Justice$659/hr$590/hr$578/hr$561/hr

If you have a Language and Literature degree your sim will have the option to skip ahead and join the Private Attorney branch of the law career. The table below list out what you can expect for a starting bonus and your starting hourly pay.

Language And Literature Degree TypeBonusStarting Pay
Distinguished L&L Degree with Honors$2,860$197/hr
Distinguished L&L Degree $2,750$194/hr
L&L Degree with Honors$2,420$190/hr
Language and Literature Degree$2,200$184/hr

The type of Language and Literature Degree will not only help your sim with the starting pay and starting bonus, but your hourly rate will vary through your sim’s entire career. The table below is what you should expect your sim to make while maxing out their law career in the Private Attorney’s Branch.

Title/LevelDistinguished W/HonorsDistinguished W/ HonorsL&L Degree
(9) Legal Eagle$317/hr$312/hr$306/hr$297/hr
(10) Preeminent Partner$634/hr$625/hr$612/hr$594/hr

The Research and Debate Skill

To advance in the law career you will have to grow your research and debate skill. The research and debate skill allows your sims to taken on heated debates with other sims using the “Daring Debater Podium Set” and to convince other sims to cook meals or go streaking.

You can grow your sim’s the research and debate skill by using the research archive machine to study other skills. This allows your sim to not only learn the research and debate skill but also whichever skill you decide to study. If your sim can’t afford the $12,000 research archive machine in their house, there are a few around the world of Britechester.

If you want to learn more about the research archive machine you can check out this article that goes through everything you need to know.

If your sim is enrolled in the University of Britechester you can also join the debate guild. This student organization will help your sim get better grades which can help them graduate in honors and ultimately earn more in their law career.

Being part of the debate guild helps your sim grow their research and debate skill by participating in events. You also will be awarded a research and archive machine for climbing the ranks so you can hone your skills at home. This article will tell you exactly what your sim needs to do in order to become part of the debate guild and climb the ranks to become a senior member.

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