Are you a student thinking about becoming a lawyer? The process of becoming a lawyer might be confusing for some, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are a student considering becoming a lawyer, take note of these important steps to becoming a lawyer.
First, you should know what being a lawyer entails. You should know the work involved and what you will be learning in law school. A good way to find out what it might be like to be a lawyer would be to shadow a lawyer in your local town. That’s exactly what I did when I was training to be a family law attorney in Anderson Indiana. Contact a few local lawyers, and ask if they offer shadowing opportunities. Don’t hesitate to shadow more than one lawyer if you get more than one offer.
Next, you will need to know the process of becoming a lawyer. First, you will need to get a bachelor’s degree in pre-law. This will prepare you for the law school admission test (LSAT) and for applying to law school. The LSAT is a multiple choice exam that must be taken in order to apply for law school.
After passing your LSAT exam, you will need to apply for and be accepted into a law school. Law programs typically take around 3 years. Your courses in the law program will be determined by the area in which you plan to practice law. For more information on this topic, see our post on types of lawyers.
Upon completion of a law program, students are eligible to take the bar exam. Many students have the opportunity for a clerkship, which allows them to gain some experience before taking the bar exam. This is an ideal opportunity for new graduates because gaining experience in the field of law before taking the bar exam can be extremely beneficial, perhaps even crucial, to their success in passing the bar exam.