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what does it take to become lawyer

My name is Cedric Im 17 and I was to become lawyer # #lawyer

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David’s Answer

Cedric,

First, I recommend you write why you want to be a lawyer. Try to state specifically your reasons. It would be great if you can show your writing to a lawyer that you or your family knows who will give you feedback.

If this is your chosen path, wherever you attend college, do well and take challenging courses. Your major is not as important as it would be if you want to pursue med school. But, I do recommend you take a creative writing course, a history of the law if it is offered, a sociology course and one or more political science courses. But, just in case you change your mind, take some courses that will help you have a career after undergrad, such as computer science or business courses. A very good GPA is important.

In undergrad, get involved in the school community such as doing volnteer work and joning a club that includes others interested in law school. It is good networking. Get to know faculty members so you can ask for a recommendation from your favorite prof or advisor.

You will need to decide if you want to attend law school rigght after undergrad or take a year or two off to work to gain experience and save some money.

You will need to take the LSAT. Check the LSAT website for timing of when to take the test based on when you plan to apply to law schools. You may feel the need to take it more than once if you don't like your score after the first try. This is pretty common. Study practice questions and take one or more practice tests to be ready for the actual test.

You want to go to a good law school (hopefully a top 25 school) so GPA, LSAT scores, recommendations and what you accomplishes in undergrad are important.

Good luck. You will do great.
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DENNIS’s Answer

Hi Cedric: Becoming a lawyer takes several steps. First, after high school you want to get into a good college, a college you can afford and get good grades in your courses. Your major does not matter all that much because lawyers are needed in all fields. Next, you need to take the LSAT (Law School Admission Test). There are courses you can take to help you take this test. There are several books you can buy which will help with this test too! Next, apply to a law school you are interested in. Upom graduation you need to take a Bar Exam in the state you want to practice in to practice law in that state. After you pass the Bar Exam you get sworn in and you can practice law. Easy peasey lemon squeezey! It takes several years to go through these steps but in the end it is worth the effort. One final thought, always be true to yourself - that will make you a GREAT lawyer! Good luck.
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