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An Overview Of What It Takes To Become A Lawyer

By Jeff Harmon

Many people are excited about the prospects of becoming a lawyer. However, this process that it takes to establish yourself as a practicing lawyer in your state can be complicated and time-consuming. If you want to be a lawyer, you will need to dedicate yourself to the process for quite a few years.

Many people are well-suited to being a lawyer. One important thing to remember is that you won’t end up necessarily fighting in a courtroom. We usually see lawyers in this fashion on TV in the movies, but this isn’t what all lawyers actually do. There are many branches of law you can go into.

Now lets get to the specifics. What is required in order to practice law? Here is how it works in most states. You must be at least 18 years old and have a social security number. You must not only have an undergraduate degree, but also you must graduate from a state bar accredited or ABA approved law school.

What is the first step? You will want to take the Law School Admission Test once you graduate from college. Expect to dedicate a bit of preparation time to this test. You also will probably need to take it about a year before you plan to attend law school. There is also an application process that includes getting letters of reference from past teachers. You will also be asked to write personal statements to accompany your application.

Now keep in mind that applying to law school is more complicated than just getting your bachelor’s degree. You are required to take the LSAT (or Law School Admission Test) before you even apply for schools. Then you will need to fill out applications for the schools that you are applying to and also write personal essays. It is also important that you have letters of recommendation from teachers that are familiar with you work. It can be very hard to get into law school, especially without a good score on the LSAT. Make sure that you apply to a variety of schools with some “safe picks” included. And be prepared that you will need some cash saved up not only to go to law school, but also to apply to law school. These entry fees can really add up.

As you can see, the road to becoming a lawyer is arduous. When you get to law school, you are going to need to do more than just party! But with a little dedication and focus, you too can excel at this profession.

Jeff Harmon is from a family that is quite full of lawyers of all shapes and sizes. Since he was a “wee lad,” he has been hearing legal jargon, legal stories and legal horror stories. Living in a suburb of Atlanta, Patrick now is a workmans compensation lawyer who writes about the legal profession and occasionally pens a short story.

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