How to become a lawyer ?

You consider to become a lawyer ? The following formal requirements form the specific steps you have to take in order to pursue your legal career.

Formal Requirements to become lawyer

The formal qualifications that are needed when you plan to perform the tasks of a lawyer:

4-year college degree, undergraduate study

In order to enter law school it is absolutely necessary to get a Bachelor’s degree. Courses in English, public speaking, government, history, economics, and mathematics prove to be useful when applying to law school, particularly those approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Passing the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), before applying to Law School

The LSAT is a test created to measure applicants’ aptitude for law studies.

3 years of law school

Given that the number of applicants to law school is increasing each year, admission to law school, particularly to prestigious ones and those accredited by the ABA has become extremely competitive.

In law school, courses such as constitutional law, contracts, property law, civil procedure as well as legal writing are included. However, law students have the opportunity to choose more specialised courses, e.g. tax, corporate law or labor.

Passing a written bar examination

One must not forget that specific requirements might vary from state to state as different rules and laws have been set up concerning legal career paths. For instance, some states require future lawyers to complete a juris doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school complying with certain standards, namely those accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

All in all, becoming a lawyer requires at least 7 years of full-time study, not including the special requirements different states require.

How do law students get practical experience?

Gaining experience in the field of law while studying is indispensable to deciding what kind of legal work one wants to focus on and in which field of law one would like to specialize. Practical experience will lead to the career paths one is going to follow after studies.

As regarding practical experience, law students get the chance to gain the following skills ....

  • by taking part in school-sponsored legal clinics
  • in practice trials overseen by experienced judges and lawyers
  • through research, by writing on legal isuses
  • in a school’s moot court competitions
  • through writing on legal issues for a school’s law journals
  • part time/summer jobs in law firms
  • practical trainings in law firms, government agencies or corporate legal departments