Nicole (Nikki)’s Answer
If you still need to attend college I would recommend interning or working for a legal organization or even for a Senator/Representative while in school. Being around the practice of law or in a legal environment will not only help boost your law school application but it will also help you see what type of law you might want to practice. Keep in mind there are lots of different areas of law (entertainment, real estate, litigation, corporate counsel, etc.) that you can choose from so getting a feel for what you like by taking relevant undergraduate courses and internships can help.
Best of luck!
Becoming at attorney after the military will require a good college GPA as well as a good LSAT score. The LSAT is like the SAT but is needed to enter lawchool. The great thing about the military is that they will cover the cost of colege. Additionally, the military has the JAG whit are military attorneys. Sometimes the military will help with the expense of law school if you agree to work for the JAG office after graduation for a period of time. Additionally, working for the JAG office is still military service and will add to your retirement package from the military.
If you do not desire to work for the JAG office I would sugest trying to get a job at a law firm as an administrative worker, but make it clear from the begining that you intend on attending law school. Some firms will keep you employed while you are in law school and move you into more law related positions which will help you in law school as you will learn about legal research and logic. If you do well at the firm they will most likely hire yuo as an attorney when you graduate law school and pass the bar.
Alot depends on the type of law you desire to practice. Unfortunantly many new attorneys accept jobs to support themselves and end up practicing a totally different field of law than they intended.
Law school is hard and expensive, so make the decision carefully.
I would also advise reading books about the principles and rational of legal issues. Try to learn how to read court opinions to understand the rational behind the ruling, that wouldl give you a real advantage in law school as you will already have exposed yourself to the rational of legal decisions. There are law school books that you can purchase that willl have you read court opinions and also teach you the logic and reasoning behind the rulings.
I hope this is helpful and good luck. The LSAT is a test you must take a class or two to do well on. It has no relationship to your knolwedge of the law, it is all about your abiity to understand difficult problems and making logical decisions as well as many questions that are like word problems that are very difficult. I took 1 LSAT test to prepare myself for the LSAT while I was working as a broker on the floor of the NY stock exchange.