Working as a lawyer can be fulfilling in many ways: salary potential, options regarding specialization and advancement, a certain level of prestige, and a positive job outlook, among many other reasons. But, spoiler alert: Elle Woods makes it look easy! Becoming a lawyer is a process that takes years of dedication, determination, perseverance, and hard work. Below, we’ve outlined the basic steps on the path to law school.
Before starting your law school journey, it’s essential to acknowledge that this will be a challenge. Getting into law school is hard, and law school itself can be grueling. And then, of course, there’s the bar exam you have to pass. But it can be worth it all when you’re holding that law degree in your hand.
It’s important to research the various aspects of being a lawyer and why you want to become one. Remember that movies and TV shows often glamorize the life of a lawyer. Instead, understand that much more time goes into reading, writing, and researching than fighting the good fight in court.
Phase 1: Complete
First things first, you’ll have to complete an undergrad program. The courses you take as an undergrad don’t matter nearly as much as your overall GPA. Your undergraduate education will take at least four years, but you can research law schools and learn about the LSAT while completing this degree.
Take the LSAT
As part of your application to law school, you’ll have to take the LSAT (Law School Admission Test). Your score on this test will determine which schools are within your reach. The LSAT is scored between 120 and 180, with the average score being 150. If your goal is to attend a top-tier law school, the higher your score, the better. For this reason, it’s not uncommon for students to start studying anywhere from three months to a year before the exam. To prepare for the LSAT, you may want to consider enrolling in an LSAT prep course or hiring a private tutor. It is possible to retake the LSAT, but keep in mind that all past scores will be submitted with your application.
You Better Recognize
You know that whole idea of knowing somebody who knows somebody? It’s not lost when it comes to law school. Kind words from professionals can go a long way, so as you meet and get to know these people, it’s a good idea to plant the idea of them writing a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
When applying for law school, you’ll also need to gather transcripts from your previous undergrad, graduate, and certificate programs.
Most law school applications require a personal statement, which is your golden opportunity to show off your personality. It’s wise to use this platform to talk about career goals and academic achievements. Sometimes schools require personal statements about specific topics, while others are open-ended.
Nothin’ to It
The time has come to apply to law school. Aside from the program itself, you’ll want to consider the cost, location, and your specific career goals. Many schools adhere to a rolling admissions process. The earlier you apply, the better.
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