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Whats the most common career path to becoming a lawyer? Are there untraditional paths?

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Christopher M.’s Answer

Hi Jessica,

Very good question and I hope that my perspective is helpful to you.

About half of students attending law school are between the ages of 22-24 according to LSAC, meaning they're likely attending law school immediately after completing their undergraduate program. I don't think that there is a correct or incorrect path. I think that it is entirely dependent on your life and your goals.

I sat for my LSAT or applied to law school two years after completing my undergraduate program. I consider those two years invaluable and I believe that the perspective I gained in those two years allowed me to excel in my studies. I also had classmates who were in their thirties and hadn't stepped foot in a classroom for over a decade.

I recommend reflecting on your interests and goals (both professional and personal) rather than on which path is traditional. I wish that I could be more specific but it really is dependent on where you are now (not geographically) and where you want to be (again, not geographically).


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Ram’s Answer

The most common career path in my division at U.S. Bank is a PWA or Private Wealth Advisor that serves as the point of contact between the client and the many products and services that the bank offers. The role requires a sufficient amount of knowledge in all products, and more importantly a strong understanding of how the bank functions.
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Harmony’s Answer

Hi Jessica -- I saw that you added a hashtag for lawyer on your question. One option for lawyers who do not necessarily want to practice law is to join a Compliance Department in any sector, but Finance and Healthcare are two that need Compliance professionals. Many of these have legal training and are good writers.
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