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what do I need to become a lawyer?

I have always loved crime shows, my favorite part was always whenever cases where brought to court. #criminal-justice #law

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Tina’s Answer

In order to become a lawyer you need to attend college, law school and pass the bar exam. While in college, in order to prepare for law school, decide on a subject you are passionate about to major in college. You will go far by studying a subject that you enjoy. Most law students major in English, Political Science and History.
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Jonathan’s Answer

I agree you should know what you are getting into before you do it. Most of what I do as a lawyer is really boring and not very lucrative. The stuff I do in conjunction with law is more exciting than law itself. The people who are happy being lawyers in my opinion see themselves as special because they are lawyers and think they are doing well financially. I, however, have never felt that way about law. Being a law professor or a really big firm partner is special just being a lawyer isn't. However, that is me. If you know what you are getting into and still want to do it then by all means go for it. However, you need to believe that you would be happy just being a lawyer and many times that just means grinding out boring documents or motion calendar not running some big M&A deal or trying a compelling cases in front of cameras.
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James’s Answer

You should be careful about picking a career based on what it looks like on TV. TV is not real life. Particularly from the perspective of the legal profession, it isn't what it looks like. Even those lawyers who go into court and argue cases in front of a judge, it is not the same level of drama and excitements. There are 100s of hours of prep work that goes into those fleeting moments at trial.

I know many lawyers and I have many as friends. They are very detail oriented people. This is important for a profession where literally every word counts. Understanding a particular subject can be useful if you are looking at a specialized field, but the basics of reading, research, writing, generating arguments, coming up with counter-proposals, being on top of every details - these are the real skills needed to be a lawyer.
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