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If I were going to be a lawyer, what process would I go through post undergraduate schooling? What's the different levels of schooling, training, and interning before I am a full-fledged lawyer?

I'm in high school hoping to go into either a health or law profession after college. I am currently undecided about which university I want to go to and what my major will be.
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Dennis’s Answer

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational requirement for admission to law school. No singular field of study is recommended by the American Bar Association at this level. In fact, the ABA notes that students gain admission to law school from nearly every area of study, ranging from political science to mathematics. Common undergraduate majors for prelaw students include English, political science, economics, business, philosophy, and journalism.

Along with an undergraduate degree, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a core component of the law school admissions process. Admissions officers use scores from the LSAT as an objective measure to assess the knowledge and quality of applicants. The examination includes five multiple-choice question sections and an unscored writing sample. The LSAT measures candidates’ skills in critical areas of future legal work, including reading comprehension, information management, analysis and critical thinking, reasoning, and argumentation

After finishing an undergraduate degree, some students choose to forego further education, while others gain professional experience in other fields prior to enrolling in law school. Regardless of the timing, prospective students should only consider law schools accredited by the American Bar Association. In addition to overall GPA, undergraduate coursework, and LSAT scores, other admission factors may include community service, organizational affiliations, and recommendation letters from educators, alumni or legal professionals. The Law School Admission Council is a great resource for students in the research phase of the law school application process

The Juris Doctor (JD) is the nationally recognized degree for practicing law in the United States and is currently offered by 205 ABA-accredited law schools. Prospective students should have knowledge of the faculty, areas of study, tuition, and curriculum prior to applying. There are numerous specialties within legal practice and students should select a program that offers a focused curriculum in their area of interest. For example, students may choose to concentrate in areas of real estate, property, criminal, environmental, tax, or family law. Typically students can complete their Juris Doctor in three years of full-time study.

Most states require lawyers to graduate from an ABA-approved law school and pass the state bar examination prior to qualifying in that state. Although each state sets its own testing guidelines, the bar exam is commonly a two day process: day one is spent completing the Multistate Bar Examination while day two focuses on writing examinations covering various legal matters. In addition to the bar examination, the state board of bar examiners also consider the candidate’s educational background, competence, character, and ability to represent others in legal matters prior to offering full legal licensure.

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Great answer, Dennis, all of this is spot on and great advice. As you can see, there is not much I was able to add to your response. Harry, this answer is extremely helpful, if you follow this advice you will do well for yourself. Aram Caldarera Bloom

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Aram’s Answer

I came here to answer this but I see that Dennis and Richard have both given accurate and complete responses, and given the detail in Dennis' response there is not much that I can add except to say: what Dennis and Richard said is right on. I'm a white collar/corporate compliance attorney and my undergraduate major was Art History. It was not a negative when it came time to apply for law school and it didn't have any impact on how I did in law school. Pick something you like, because as the other answers emphasize getting into law school is competitive and it is important that you have good grades. Lastly, give some thought to trying out a job in the field between undergrad and law school, you will make yourself a more attractive candidate for law schools and you will gain real world experience that will help you in school and when it times to get a job after law school.

You are asking all the right questions, so you are clearly on the right track. Best of luck to you, look forward to someday having a new colleague.

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Richard’s Answer

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. In Texas, the Bar is offered in February and July.


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Estelle’s Answer

College degree
LSAT
Acceptance into law school
3 years of law school
Passing the Bar exam

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