Requirements for Becoming a Lawyer

Lawyers are professionals who are hired by clients to aid in legal matters. Sometimes lawyers are also attorneys and both use their skill to either advocate or defend their client in a court setting. If you are interested in becoming a lawyer, you must know that you will need to spend many years learning in school and also have extensive training following school to fully immerse yourself in law and the legal procedure.
The beginning steps towards becoming a lawyer will require you to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in the field followed with law school. In order to apply to law school, you will need to take and pass the Law School Admission Test or better known as the LSATs. It is recommended that when in college and pursuing your bachelor’s degree you focus on the particular field you want to specialize in. For example, those who want to be a tax attorney should major in accounting.
Once you are admitted to law school, you will need to earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree upon completion of the program. Law school will provide students the knowledge and skills on such things as legal writing and speaking skills. Students will also need to participate and apply for externships. This gives students experience and the ability to be a part of daily legal procedures. After earning a J.D. degree, graduates must take and pass the Bar exam for the state they desire to practice in. The exam may vary depending on what state you are in.
There are also some skills you should have if you wish to pursue a career as a lawyer. Are you able to work in high pressure environments? Throughout law school, you will be subjected to many tests and will need to know how to work under pressure. The pressure of course does not go away once you become a lawyer. Also are you comfortable with public speaking? As a lawyer, you will be presenting information to groups of people, sometimes the setting may be small, and sometimes it may be larger. Showing you are comfortable speaking in front of a crowd can display confidence and shows you are comfortable in with your role and position in the courtroom. The last thing you need to think about is whether or not you are comfortable with sacrificing your personal life for work. Sometimes the life of a lawyer is not a 9 to 5 job and may require you to work long or odd hours. If you have these certain skillsets and are comfortable with putting work force, then a career as a lawyer might be right for you.
Sources:
1. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/23-1011.00
2. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/lawyers.htm

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