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Attorney at Law
As stated previously, all law schools require three years of attendance. If you want to be a lawyer that actually goes to court and argues issues in front of a judge or jury, you will be a litigator. There are all types of law that involve litigation - from criminal to family to insurance to business. My suggestion to new attorneys is to get in the courtroom whenever you can. Eventually, you will reach a point where you are comfortable before the judge/jury and have the confidence you need. If you end up working at a bigger firm where only the partners tend to go before the court, ask if you can attend with them so you can begin to feel how the procedural aspects of a courtroom work. Additionally, I found that by clerking for a judge right out of law school gave me an insight into the court that not everyone sees.
Best of luck,
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- Look for any types of internships that have to do with the law.
- Start thinking about what types of law interest you and whether those specific areas involve increased litigation.