Becoming a lawyer accountant is killing two birds with one stone; not only can you practice as a lawyer; you can also provide clients with advice on accounting/financial matters! However, the road to becoming a lawyer accountant is a long and complex one; instead of one, you’ll need to complete two degrees – law and accounting – in addition to completing the certification formalities for both qualifications. The rewards you gain by becoming a lawyer accountant are worth the long haul you face, though! Read this article to get started on your quest to become one…
- To qualify for law school, you need to have completed a 4-year bachelor’s degree; therefore, sign up for a degree in accounting or similar subjects such as finance, accounting principles, business law, etc.
- Once you have your accounting degree, find a job or internship where you can put your degree to practical use. This step is also important for the future when you will be ready to secure certification as a Certified Public Accountant or CPA.
- While garnering work experience as an accountant, begin preparing for the LSAT exam – your passport to admission in a law school.
- Based on your LSAT scores, apply to law schools for admission, keeping all required paperwork ready for completing the process. Include information about your degree in accounting, relevant work experience and why you are a good candidate for law school.
- Complete a degree in law, focusing on subjects which you can tie-up with your accounting degree and experience. Some suggested topics – business law, taxation, accounting law and principles, auditing and compliance, etc.
- Once you’ve earned a law degree, apply for a job through campus recruitment or other sources, while preparing for the state bar exam, without which you cannot practice law.
- Once you’ve cleared the bar exam and received a license to practice law, turn your attention to completing the formalities for becoming a CPA.
As a lawyer accountant, you can avail of several job opportunities, as any business transaction requires the services of two professionals – an attorney and an accountant. Join a law firm specializing in business or corporate law, start up your own firm or work for a corporation as an in-house lawyer accountant; the possibilities are endless.
Keep your dual qualifications current by fulfilling continuing education requirements in both professions, while your career as a lawyer accountant progresses.