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How the become a lawyer after the Army?

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Job’s Answer

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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.

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Nicole’s Answer

Lots of great advice here on the path to law school. The only thing I would add, is to contact your college's ROTC program when you enroll. Your prior service will undoubtedly land you in student leadership, you'll have scholarship opportunities, and excellent leadership training. If you have an interest in returning to to military as an officer, there is a path to JAG through ROTC. Good luck!

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DENNIS’s Answer

The beauty of your question is your service in the Army! The Army has a ton of great benefits - including education help. You will need to get a college degree then get into law school. The Army will - generally help with all this. They can train you for JAG (Judge advocate's office!) In the Army, if you show an appitude for these jobs the Army will help. Talk to your recruiter. They can explain what is and what is not available. The Army can be a great asset. Keep your nose clean in the Army, if you just want to serve then pursue law, get out, use the GI Bill (or other benefits) get a college degree and then go onto law school! Good luck!

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Nicole (Nikki)’s Answer

If you have not already attended college you will need to attend college and obtain a bachelor's degree. You can major in any subject, but keep in mind the higher the GPA the better your chances are of getting into law school. During your junior/senior year you will need to take the LSAT and apply to law schools. Law school admissions officers will look at your GPA, LSAT score, and background to determine whether or not you're a fit for their school.

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!