How Many Years Does it Take to Become a Lawyer?


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A popular route that a lot of students have been taking after going to undergraduate school, is to go to law school. This generation of students has been seemingly more interested in politics, law, and government.

Because of this interest, many students want to become a lawyer.

Going to law school is something that you can decide as early or as late as you want in your undergraduate career.

Unlike medical school or other types of professional schools, as long as you can get the necessary scores on the LSAT exam and you have the necessary classes taken, you still have a chance.

You are still going to need a high undergraduate GPA and involvement, as well.

There is also a big variety of majors when it comes to law school.

Unlike medical school, physician’s assistant school, and nurse practitioner school you can pretty much go to undergraduate school for any major.

With almost any undergraduate degree you still have the chance to get into law school and become a lawyer.

This is an amazing opportunity and allows you to look into all of your passions before making decisions.

It is typical for many people to go to undergraduate school, and then work in a certain career field for a couple of years before deciding that they are interested in going to law school.

How do you get into law school?

There are a few steps that you must take to get into law school. The first is that you must have a four-year undergraduate bachelor’s degree.

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum degree that is accepted for admission into law schools. This means that if you have any sort of two-year associate degree, then you must go back and complete a bachelor’s before you apply.

Next you must take the Law School Admission Test, the LSAT.

The test takes half a day and is given out six times a year.

This test is taken by all prospective law students and is administered by the Law School Admission.

Colleges are going to have a different range of scores that they are looking for depending on how competitive the school is to get into.

Getting into law school, however, is extremely competitive no matter where you go.

There are around 230 law schools in the United States.

The LSAT score is scored between 120 and 180. The average is around 150, but if you are looking to get into the top 25 schools, then you should aim for around 160.

Each test has around 101 questions that each count for exactly one point for your raw score.

What are the best undergraduate majors to get into law school?

Law school is one of the only professional schools that does not have a strict list of classes to take. Normally for other professional schools the reason that people have similar majors is because of the similarity in classes between majors and what is needed for professional school.

Because law school focuses mostly on GPA and LSAT score, you can have a variety of different majors.

Here are the top majors for students going to law school:

  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Criminal justice
  • History
  • English
  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Communications
  • Science
  • Business

These are not the only majors that you can have they just tend to be the most popular and lead to higher LSAT scores.

Many times, law schools just like to see that you had a challenging major. Therefore students will also go for engineering, finance, accounting, and science.

These majors will show that they have other interests and that they are capable of getting a good GPA with an intense course load.

What GPA is needed for law school?

Getting into law school can be extremely competitive. Many students who are interested in law school are already at the top of their classes, which is why it is so competitive.

Students who apply to law school very rarely have an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 and the more competitive and advanced law schools have students applying with GPAs of around 3.6 -3.9.

Because top students from universities are applying to law school, they also tend to be involved in college. Therefore, it is your best bet to get involved in things that you are passionate about and that relate to your major while you are in college.

They will be interested in all internships, volunteering, and extracurriculars that you were involved in. It can also help if you have any sort of leadership position while in college.

You are going to be competing with top students who all have a high GPA. You are going to need to prove more than just your academics.

The only way to do this is to be super involved in college and spend a lot of time studying and preparing for the LSAT.

How many years do you have to be in law school?

Unique undergraduate school and some other schools, you cannot choose your course at law school. There is no leniency and almost every single law school is going to require that you attend school for three years.

However, other than taking the LSAT, you are not required to do anything else after your bachelor’s degree.

This means that in total you can be done with all your schooling within 7 years.

To become a lawyer in general however, you also want to take into consideration studying, prepping, and taking the bar exam as well.

The bar exam is what allows you to be a practicing lawyer after you graduate from law school. Every lawyer must pass the bar exam of their jurisdiction to be a practicing lawyer there.

The bar exam is typically a three-day exam. Each different part consists of twelve essay questions and 200 multiple-choice questions.

Can you complete law school in 2 years?

The answer to this is normally, no. Law school is one of the schools that does not allow you to pave your path and determine your courses.

Law school normally has a strict three-year policy because of the demanding course load and the similarities between each law school and its courses.

Because of the respect that lawyers have, I feel that it makes sense that you must each go down the same path. It was decided that three years was the amount of time to best fit in all of the work and learning is for law school, so that is what every single person that wants to be a lawyer has to do.

What subjects do I need to study for law school?

There are no classes that are required to get into law school but there are some classes that you can take that will best prepare you for the LSAT and law school in general including:

  • English
  • Literature
  • Composition
  • Business
  • History
  • Political science
  • Government
  • Public policy
  • Economics
  • Public speaking

You just want to take all that you can in order to best prepare for getting into law school. Luckily, there are not any specific classes that you must add to the course load.

Is law school difficult?

Normally when you were looking into undergraduate schools, the lower the acceptance rate the harder of the coursework. The reason that schools are harder to get into is the coursework offered is very difficult.

It is going to be the same thing for Law school.

Law school is very grueling and is very competitive to get into. This is because law school has a lot of challenging coursework.

The coursework is very doable and many people succeed, but it is something that you’re going to have to be full time studying.

 You’ve already had the time at your undergrad school to learn how to study and get used to the coursework that is given out in college. Now you are focusing on something that you were more interested in and it is going to be very in-depth and very challenging.

It will be challenging to even take the LSAT and get into law school.

This is why you need to make sure you rededicated to this career choice before delving into the world of law school and being a lawyer.

A lawyer wouldn’t be such a prestigious career if the schooling wasn’t so hard and rigorous.

 If you are a lawyer that means that you got a high score on the LSAT, did well in law school, and passed the bar exam. That is a huge list of accomplishments.

Many people who go to law school say that it is a lot harder than undergraduate, even if they went to a very prestigious undergraduate school.

Law school consists of a lot of reading, and comprehension. You have to understand the actual ideas instead of just memorization.

I took one class in my undergraduate career that has anything to do with Law and it was business law that had about 10 times more readings, my other classes.

Many people enjoy it and are good at it because they like understanding conceptual ideas instead of just memorizing definitions.

What types of lawyers are there?

There are many different types of lawyers to choose from. Sometimes what you study in your undergraduate career may help influence the type of law you want to study.

Here are some of the different types of lawyers that you can choose from.

  • Public interest lawyer
  • Government lawyer
  • Private sector lawyer
  • Trial lawyer
  • Immigration lawyer
  • Estate lawyer
  • Injury lawyer
  • Extortion lawyer
  • Entertainment lawyer
  • Tort lawyer
  • Divorce lawyer
  • Civil rights lawyer
  • Criminal lawyer
  • DUI lawyer
  • Family court lawyer
  • Corporate lawyer
  • Real estate lawyer
  • Media lawyer

What are a lawyer’s salaries?

The average salary of a lawyer in the United States is around $80,000, however, the location and the specific practice can make a difference in pay.

Lawyer salaries have a large range because of the differences in the different paths you can take as a lawyer.

First off you have to decide if you’re going to be a prosecuting or defense attorney, then you have to decide what kind of lawyer you’re going to be.

Defense attorneys who are defending people for murder, rape, etc., usually are the ones that make the most money. However, that is only a small amount of overall lawyers.

You can still make a very large salary as an entertainment lawyer, real estate lawyer, etc.

You are going to be OK moneywise no matter what type of law profession you choose.

Conclusion

Overall, trying to become a lawyer is a great career path to go down. You will always be financially stable and you will always be helping people as well.

It does take a lot of school work and dedication, but it’s always worth it in the end.

It is still not as long as it takes to become a doctor and other medical jobs like that. As long as you are willing to put in the time and dedication, you can successfully become a lawyer within 7+ years.

Just make sure it is something that you feel passionate about before you get deeply involved in the process.

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