Although some children may say they want to be lawyers when they grow up, most of them do not actually become attorneys. The reason for this is because many high school students and young adults do not know how to go about the process of becoming an attorney. Listed below are some tips to help you become an attorney at law.
First, you must graduate from high school or get your GED. Many people already know that they have to graduate high school, but they don't realize that there is a second route. Getting your GED is a great way for people to go on to college even if they didn't finish high school.
Of course, it's necessary to have more than a high school diploma in order to become an attorney. In fact, you are going to require a Bachelor's degree before you can apply to law school. While some institutions have pre-law degrees, you can actually have a Bachelor’s degree in something other than law. For example, you can apply to law school after obtaining your Bachelor’s degree in communications or business. It is a good idea, however, to obtain a degree in an area that interests you and can be applied to your future career as an attorney.
Now that you have obtained your Bachelor’s degree, it is time to take the LSAT. This is something like the SAT or ACT tests; the difference is that the LSAT is related to legal studies and is designed to measure how well you will perform as a legal student. The score you receive on your LSAT will help law schools decide whether they want to accept you into their programs. There are plenty of study guides to help you prepare, and you can take the LSAT as many times as you need to get an acceptable score - just keep in mind that you will be charged a fee to take the test. Once you have taken the LSAT and achieved a decent score, you must apply to law school. The procedure for this is much the same as the way in which you applied to college. Law school will take at least two to three years to complete - this is in addition to the four years spent gaining your Bachelor’s degree. Take this time to begin to narrow down the area in which you will specialize.
After you've acquired your law degree, you must now pass the bar exam. In order to become a practicing attorney in the state where you live, you must meet the state's educational requirements and take their bar exam. Many states honor the licensing guidelines of other states; after you have taken the bar exam in youir home state, if you intend to move to another state you can contact that state in advance to see whether it's necessary to take their bar exam to practice law there.
As you can see, becoming an attorney can take a lot of time. However, it is not impossible; the journey can be made in steps, making your dream of becoming an attorney a very attainable goal.