Hi Mataieoa! This is a great question... Becoming a successful lawyer starts way before even entering law school. It requires having a great work ethic, attention to detail, a sense of urgency, a deep curiosity about learning, and having a strong belief in the work that you do and doing the best for your clients. There is a big responsibility in being a lawyer as you will be seen as the expert to your clients and have a professional responsibility to act in their best interests and to fight for what's best for them.
Of course, doing well in college, getting a good LSAT score, going to the best law school you can get into, getting a job out of law school that will provide you with relevant experience in the area of law you want to practice, learning as much as you can while on the job, etc., are all important facets of becoming a successful lawyer over your career. Being a lawyer can be a very challenging and rewarding career and I wish you luck in your legal journey!
Bart recommends the following next steps:
- Study hard and do the best you can do in college, on the LSAT and in law school
- Continue to seek advice and insights from attorneys you meet along the way and continue to ask questions here as you go through the process