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how long do u have to go to college for a law student ?

how long do u have to go to college for a law student

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Cristin’s Answer

Hey Khylee!!

I believe all law schools now require a student obtain what they may call a "4-year" undergraduate degree for admission to law school. This means a Bachelor's Degree such as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.). These degrees can be completed in less than four years, but 4 years is the norm for a full-time student, i.e. taking 15-18 hours two semesters per year. The key is the total number of hours required in certain subjects/areas based on your major.

To finish more quickly than 4 years, you would also want to take additional classes during the Summer semesters each year. For example, I began my B.A. degree in Journalism in a total of 2 years 8 months. I took several basic classes not pertaining to my major at a local community college one Summer, then the next Summer took more classes at the university where I was getting my degree. I was lucky to be able to do that b/c college was not as expensive back then, and I didn't have to work a lot throughout and could focus on school. I wouldn't recommend graduating early unless you need to for personal reasons or financial reasons. College can be a great experience and a lot of fun!

As for law school, you can finish in only 2.5 years (i.e. graduating a semester early) if you take extra classes each Summer during law school. Law school is definitely a time to be most serious about your studies, as your class ranking and GPA can greatly influence where you get your first job and how much your are paid.

Whatever you choose to do, make sure to follow Janak's direction regarding the LSAT/GRE. Those scores matter a lot as to the school you may get into and potential financial aid. The law school you go to matters when looking for a job as well.

Best of luck to you, Khylee! Remember . . . your education is something no one can ever take away from you! So make the most of it.
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Janak’s Answer

Hello Khylee,

Whether you're aiming for a law (JD) or medicine (MD) degree, the first step is to earn your undergraduate degree.

If you're leaning towards law, strive for a high score on the LSAT or GRE. With a strong LSAT score, you can apply to law school, which typically takes about 3 years to complete. After graduation, you'll need to pass the BAR exam to become a licensed legal practitioner.

On the other hand, if you're interested in medicine, focus on achieving a good score on your MCAT and completing all the necessary undergraduate classes. Once you've accomplished this, you can apply to medical school. If accepted, it's a further 4-year journey to graduate and earn your MD degree. During these 4 years, you'll need to pass several exams. After finishing, you'll receive training in the medical specialty of your choice.

Remember, both paths require dedication and hard work, but they lead to rewarding careers. You've got this, Khylee!
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