How to Become an Attorney

by Shenron on February 22, 2010

So, you want to learn how to become an attorney? Be forewarned that being an attorney isn’t as glamorous as you’d first think. Attorneys must be committed to upholding the law in a court room for hours on end and in addition to that, spend hours of their personal time reading cases and preparing things for clients. While the pay for being an attorney is a huge perk, don’t expect it to be an easy paycheck every month. You’ll have to be ready to put in all of the work needed to fulfill the duties of both your client and the state.

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1. The first step in becoming an attorney is to get a bachelor’s degree in some type of “law” backed program. This doesn’t mean that you should take law courses right away, because most times you can’t. But, if you can get a degree in something like history or political science, you have a better chance of being accepted into law school than say, someone who has a degree in mathematics. If you haven’t done so already, make sure you can obtain your degree from a fairly well renowned organization. Getting a degree from the likes of Pennsylvania State University will give you a better chance of getting into law school than your local community college.

2. The next thing you’re going to want to do is of course take the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test). The LSAT is a practical exam that makes sure you are ready for law school. Arrange to have your scores from this exam sent to all of the prospective law schools you were thinking of applying to. It is a good idea during your junior or senior year of university to start looking through your options as far as law schools go. You may be able to talk to an adviser in your specific college that can tell you what you need to do to have the best chance at your law school of choice.

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3. Next up on the list is going to law school itself. No one can walk you through law school but if you keep your head down and stay focused, there’s no reason why you can’t succeed. Law school covers a wide variety of topics that may not interest you, and you’ll probably spend a few years studying types of law that are of no use to you. All of this is of course to prepare you for the dreaded bar exam.

4. Upon completion of law school, it’s time to take the bar exam. The bar exam is a law exam administered by the state you live in to ensure that you’re ready to practice law. It is illegal to practice law in the state you live in without passing the bar exam first. There are plenty of training programs out there that can help you prepare for the exam and achieve the highest grade possible. Be aware that many states have little idiosyncrasies about them when it comes to practicing law and the bar exam. Contact the administration board for the bar exam and see exactly what your state requires.

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