Lawyers, like any other licensed profession work hard. In addition to the schooling (4 years college + 3 years law school) you must sit for the bar exam in your state. The CA bar exam is the toughest professional licensing test in the country. It is 3 days long and requires about 3 months of prep after law school. All together, the schooling, time management, testing and discipline prepare you well for the life of a lawyer.
As a practicing attorney, there are long hours of preparation, researching, crafting arguments, and perfecting performance presentations in a court room, boardroom, or business office. But there are also many rewards using the skills learned in law school, through research and on the job training to get the best results for your clients.
Most attorneys are highly intelligent and “over achievers” performing well in school, & on standardized tests. This makes the legal field super competitive. Careful preparation, thinking outside of the box and taking the initiative is critical to success.
Hope this helps!
Michael recommends the following next steps:
- Find an internship at a law office to get a better feel of the everyday life of a lawyer.
- Sit in on a few court cases at your local courthouse to see lawyers in action. It’s free and you can learn a great deal from observation.