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How many years will it take for me to become a lawyer after high school?

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After I graduate high school, how many years of school will it take for me to get a law degree? I am interested in becoming a lawyer.
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Shannon’s Answer

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After high school, you will first need to earn an undergraduate degree. Most of the time, this takes 4 years, but if you come into college with AP credit or take many classes each semester, you may be able to graduate in 3 years. Your degree can be in anything, but law school students often major in areas such as English, Politics, or Philosophy.

After you earn an undergraduate degree, you will need to apply to law schools. Law schools require your LSAT score, undergraduate transcripts, essays, and recommendations. Most students take their LSAT during their junior year of college since you will need to apply to law schools your senior year. For most students, it takes 3 years for them to graduate from law school and pass the bar exam.

However, there are many schools that allow students to go to law school part time so that they can work other jobs to help pay for their education and support themselves. If you do law school part time, it will take you around 4 years to graduate.

Shannon recommends the following next steps:

  • Research colleges and universities
  • Research the LSAT
  • Consider reaching out to lawyers in your community
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Richard’s Answer

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To go to law school, you need to get an undergraduate degree. College grades matter to get into law school so you will want to do well. The LSAT is the law school admission test. There are prep books or you can take a course. Law school is 3 years. You can take the Bar exam after 2.5 years though and then finish school. The Bar is offered in February and July.

In sum, 7 years.
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Jennifer’s Answer

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You first need to get a college degree like the others have said. Law is very diverse so law students tend to have a variety of undergraduate degrees. Many are in the humanities but I was a math major for example. Law school is typically 3 years although there are some programs for students with full time jobs who take classes at night. Those can be 4 years. My advice is to get into college and explore a variety of classes and learn what you are interested in. Then if you are interested in law, you can start planning for the lsat and law school applications your junior year of college. But many law students also take time off and work in between college and law school. That is ok too. Good luck.
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Aram’s Answer

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What Richard said.

Aram recommends the following next steps:

  • Get good grades in high school
  • Take on any leadership position you can with extra curricular clubs that are of interest to you
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