Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The First Steps to Becoming an Attorney

The US Supreme Court

If you want to become an attorney, you will have to complete a few steps before you step into the courtroom.  I'll talk about the general process to become an attorney in the United States.

The first thing you have to do is get your bachelor's degree from an accredited university.  It can be any major, but some majors are preferred over others when applying into law school.  Next, you need to take the LSAT exam and do fairly well on it.

Harvard Law School

Once you have your degree and LSAT exam scores, you can apply into law school.  A full time law school program takes 3 years to graduate.  After you graduate, you have to study and pass the state bar exam, and after you do that, you're officially an attorney. 

By that time, you should already know what niche you want to practice law in.  There are criminal, bankruptcy, copyright, environmental, immigration, etc. attorneys, and it's best to pick an area that you are passionate about so that you can help your clientele in the best way possible.