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How long does it take to be a lawyer in the United States?

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I am in high school and I am thinking of becoming a lawyer. I have heard that becoming a lawyer in the united states takes a very long time, and was jus wondering if that is true or not. #law #lawyer #school

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Ethan’s Answer

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4 years of undergraduate college, 3 years of law school. If you can graduate from those programs faster, then you can do it more quickly.


An actual lawyer can give you a better idea of a realistic career path, but the 2 law students I live with both would advocate for getting work experience between college and law school. Not only will it strengthen your law school app, but both say that being used to the 9-5 work schedule made it a lot easier to handle the workload of law school. Furthermore, the job market is pretty bad for lawyers right now. That will likely not be the case when you get your JD, in fact there may even be a shortage, BUT either way, the connections you make working as a paralegal or some other non-JD job at a law firm between undergrad and law school will help you tremendously when you graduate.

Thank You for the information, this made things more exact on how long it would take! Irma A. Translate
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Lisa’s Answer

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To become a lawyer you need to graduate from college, take the LSATs, and then attend law school, which is a 3 year commitment. Once graduating from law school and in order to practice as an attorney, you need to pass a state bar examination.

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Richard’s Answer

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To go to law school, you need to get an undergraduate degree. College grades matter to get into law school so you will want to do well. The LSAT is the law school admission test. There are prep books or you can take a course. Law school is 3 years. You can take the Bar exam after 2.5 years though and then finish school. The Bar is offered in February and July. In sum, 7 years.
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Sheila’s Answer

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At a minimum, it takes 4 years of a college (any degree will do- but if you want to do patent law, a technical degree helps immensely), plus 3 years of law school. As noted by a previous commenter, you also need to take the LSATs. Taking time off between college and law school can be a good idea. It gives you a chance to explore the work world, decide if you really want to go to law school, and potentially decide which area of law you might be most interested in.

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