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What are the Requirements to Become an Attorney?
Becoming a lawyer is one of the most rewarding jobs for many reasons, which of course can include a triple digit salary, but it is also a difficult field to enter due to the length of time that it takes to earn necessary degrees and also thanks to a whole lot of competition. But if you like a challenge, which many of the best lawyers do, then you'll go for it anyway.
A lawyer's job is to defend and advocate for clients in court, as well as advising a client in legal matters before a court hearing. As an attorney, some of the many career paths that you can expect to choose from include criminal law, family law, tax law, bankruptcy law, real estate law, corporate law, working with the government, environmental law, etc. You may choose to become a prosecuting attorney, or you may wish to become an attorney who defends. There are many doors open to graduates who hold a law degree and salary may greatly vary.
Requirements to Become an Attorney
If you learn early on in life that you would like to become an attorney one day in the future, then you'll want to begin by developing good study habits in high school as well as in college. If you're a high school student, now is a good time to join the debate team and get started learning debate techniques.
Requirements to become an attorney include earning a bachelor's degree, entering law school to earn a JD degree, and taking your state's bar examination. Before you're able to enter law school, you'll need to have graduated from a four-year bachelor's degree program.
If you know beforehand which field of law that you would like to specialize in later, then consider choosing an undergraduate degree program in that field of choice. For example, if you're interested in working with taxes, your undergraduate degree program should focus on accounting.
You'll also need to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) pre-law entrance exam before entering law school. This test measures a candidate's verbal reasoning skills, as well as their reading skills. To enter Law School, you'll need a minimum 3.0 GPA. This is a requirement for most law schools across the United States, but you'll probably want to aim higher.
A law school student can expect to typically spend three years completing the Juris Doctor (JD) Degree program. To practice law in the United States it is a requirement that candidates hold a JD degree. Upon completion of your JD, you'll then prepare to take your state's bar exam. You must pass the bar exam to practice law.
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