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how many years does it take to become a lawyer?

i wanted to know this because i always thought it took a really long time an didnt know if i should study something else at the same time college lawyer time-management

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Desiree’s Answer

Hi Mia - First, you need to do well in High School, to get admitted to university for a "Bachelor's Degree" (often referred to as an "undergraduate degree"). This is typically a 4-year program. You need good grades with your Bachelor's Degree and a strong LSAT score. You can study anything you want as an undergrad - but it's best to have something that relates to your future practice of law. History, Political Science, English are common undergrad majors for law students. But I went to law school with a veterinarian (law would be his second career), and I myself have I biology and marine science degree (I practice environmental law). So you can study something else as an undergrad - just be prepared to explain how it will make you a strong law student and/or lawyer!

Next, with good grades from University and strong LSAT score, you start applying to law school to earn a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree. This is typically a 3-year program. One thing that matters a lot to future employment is getting into a so-called a high or top tier law school. Play close attention to the ranking and accreditation of potential law schools, because they are a huge determining factor of future employment. A low ranked law school - or one that looses its accreditation - could leave you burdened with student debt and few employment prospects. Again, getting good grades matters a lot to prospective employers, with students at the top of the class competing (with all the top students at all the top law schools) for jobs after graduation. Many students strive to get a paid internship the summer before their final year at law school at a law firm -- a so-called "summer associate" position -- to get "real world" experience and to see if the firm is a good fit. Successful summer associates may get early job offers (pending law school graduation and passing the bar exam). The last semester of law school, graduating students who haven't already secured a job trying to get offers for jobs - on top of their studies.

Once you graduate with your JD, most states require you pass an ethics exam (typically "easy" if you've made it through law school), the infamous 2-day Bar Exam (hard, I'm not going to lie it was the hardest test ever in my entire life) as well as a "character and fitness" interview with a practicing attorney. Each state has its own standards and requirements for what a passing score is on the Bar Exam and how much the multi-state/multiple choose portion of the exams weighs against the written essay portion of the test.

Once you have all of these steps, you are "admitted to the Bar". Afterwards, most states require you to take "Continuing Legal Education" classes and volunteer at/contribute to legal clinics for the whole time you are a practicing attorney.

Desiree recommends the following next steps:

Research on-line law school admission criteria & curriculum to align your undergraduate studies
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Darren’s Answer

Career paths can vary but generally speaking it takes 7 years to become a lawyer. Four years of undergraduate study (college) and 3 years of law school. Once you graduate from law school you will need to pass the Bar Exam before you can practice law.
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