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what should i do to become a lawyer

i need to know what steps i need to take to become a successful lawyer #lawyer

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Lisa’s Answer

Hi Allana - great question! Working hard and earning the best grades you can in high school and college can help you gain admission to law school, along with strong performance on the LSAT. I'd encourage you to take classes that help you develop critical thinking skills and hone your writing skills. I found college classes in math, philosophy, English, history and economics (among others) especially helpful. Law is a helping profession, and lawyers can spend a lot of time providing advice. You may want to consider working as a peer advisor or tutor to develop listening and counselling skills. If you think that you would like to appear in court as a lawyer, it can be helpful to join a speech and debate team and participate in other activities that require you to think on your feet and clearly express a persuasive viewpoint. Becoming a lawyer can enable you to pursue any number of satisfying career options, and I wish you the best of luck!

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Carolyn’s Answer

Hello Allana, the first thing that you need to do is go to college and get your undergraduate degree. It doesn't really matter what subject you major in at college, however I always tell people that ask me what will help them in their law career that the two majors that seem to help the most are math and English. Math will teach you analytical skills which are necessary once you start practicing law - you will have to analyze the cases that you take on or review to see what options you have and things like that. English will teach you how to write better and no matter what kind of attorney you become writing will be a very important part of your practice. Lawyers write pleadings, briefs, memorandums and lots of other documents as well. So while you can major in anything I would suggest one of those. After you finish your undergraduate degree you will take the LSAT and apply to law schools (actually you will do that before you graduate from college because you want to be able to move right into law school and that process will take a little time. Once you are accepted to law school you will have three additional years of learning. Once you graduate from law school you will then study for, take and pass the bar exam in the state where you intend to practice. It is a long process but it is a rewarding career - I least I feel like it is rewarding. I enjoy what I do and I think that most attorneys do enjoy their job. They get to help people every day.


Best of luck in your career choice!

Thank you comment icon thank you for the advice it means a lot Allana
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Carol’s Answer

All great answers above. Also for me, I loved taking logic courses and Math. Those areas teach you critical thinking. its about solving problems!

Thank you comment icon thank you for ur lovely advice Allana
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