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What is the best way to becoming a lawyer?

I am in the 11th grade. I want to becomes a lawyer since could remember. #lawyer

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Cameren’s Answer

The first step to becoming a lawyer is to complete an undergraduate bachelor's degree program. There is not a specific major required but you should take courses that are relevant to law such as political science, economics, and english courses. During this time or after, you also need to prepare for, take, and pass the LSAT. You then will need to earn admission into an ABA accredited law school. During your time in law school you will earn your JD (Jurist Doctor Degree) and this takes around three years to complete.

After you have completed all of your schooling, you will need to pas the state bar examination. Upon passing the bar, you will be licensed to practice law within your state. You will most likely begin your time as an associate at a firm and will need to work your way up the career ladder over the course of several years. You will also have the opportunity to complete additional school if you wish such as a Master's of Law degree or a Ph.D, however this is not generally required.

Overall, it take quite a bit of time to become a successful lawyer and it is a career path that should be given much thought before pursuing. I found this information on learnhowtobecome.org and suggest you look there and at other resources for more detailed information. I hope this was helpful.

https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/lawyer/
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James’s Answer

If your passion is law, I would look into the Military. It would not only give you a way to pay for your school, but you can attempt to get a job that will get you hands on experience. You could be a legal clerk without any college experience, and if you already have a degree, you can be a judge advocate.
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Maria’s Answer

Be a good person, Be passionate about what you do and be always your best edition! It is a long path, but you can make it ;) Do not allow anyone to set the limits for you!.
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Lisa’s Answer

Hi Ja'Terika,

In high school, you should concentrate on getting good grades and being involved in high school clubs and activities. In college, you can major in any 4 year degree, but you should be sure to take some law related classes to see if you like them. Some common legal majors are criminal justice, political science or business prelaw - depending on your legal interests. You should also try to do a law related internship while in college, as it will give you some exposure to the legal field and look good on law school applications.

After college, you apply to law school and that takes 3 year, plus taking the bar in the state you want to practice.

I hope this helps!! Keep studying and good luck!

Lisa
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DENNIS’s Answer

Hi Ja'Terika: The road to being a lawyer is not always straight! Enjoy the 11th and 12th grades. However, keep your nose clean! Remember the Bar Association does a background check on every applicant. So have fun but don't do stupid stuff! Next, get in a good college. Your major really does not matter. English and Political Science are the most popular but they are not exclusive. The law has many aspects. I know lawyers who do Patent Law for chemical companies - so your undergrad degree depends on what you want to do! I also know several tax lawyers who loved accounting. Your major needs to be whatever is unique to you and something you enjoy! Next take the LSAT. There are tons of LSAT prep books and courses. Get them and take a course - it helps. Now law school! Law school was a great time. Hard Hard work but it changes the way you think and look at things! No kidding. I worked 30 hours a week and got out of school in two and a half years. But it's a lot of work. I then worked for 37 years as a trial lawyer in NYC! The best advice I can give you is to be yourself - above all else. Be true to yourself. I got a Master's degree then went to law school. I know a ton of lawyers who hate it! However, done right it is creative and fun, but you have to be true to yourself! So enjoy yourself. Grow up and remember being a lawyer is both fun and a responsibility!
Thank you comment icon I found this very helpful, and I don't have to worry about doing stupid things because the only things I do everyday is go to school or work. Ja'Terika
Thank you comment icon Good job Ja'erika: Remember have fun along the road to growing up! If you get in trouble get in, what Congressman John Lewis said, get in "good trouble" You will be a great lawyer - I can see one a mile away! DENNIS BREEN
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