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how many years of school does it take to become a lawyer?

im interested in law but have no idea how much year ill need to spend in school.

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Michael’s Answer

Hi Abel,


The traditional path is a four-year undergraduate degree (most common majors are English or Political Science, but you can get into law school with any degree), then a three-year law program. Following this you will need to pass the Bar exam to become certified. Many law schools require you to take the LSAT prior to you entering their program as well.


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Mitchell’s Answer

Michael's answer sums it up. Some people feel that to become a lawyer, they must follow a certain path to get to law school, such as debate and government in high school, "pre-law" or political science in the four year undergraduate years, etc. Those are fine, but they aren't exclusive. In both law school and college, take classes that require writing, logic and speaking, whenever possible. Honors classes such as English, History (US and World), government, etc. are good. Journalism and debate are also very good. Even grammar is very helpful. Joining debate or clubs like United Nations or the like is good.
In college, any of the above is also a good idea. As Michael states, any undergraduate major is OK for a perspective lawyer, again keeping in mind that one requiring writing, speaking and logic is a good idea. For me, an undergraduate degree in Journalism/Mass Communication (emphasizing newspaper and radio news) was a great choice. Also, I was very glad I took a few political science courses to boot.
You will need to prepare for and take the LSAT. Then in law school, use your time well. Consider listening to study aids instead of only hitting the books, and becoming involved in extracurricular activities.
Good Luck.
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