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What Are The Educational Requirements For Becoming A Lawyer?

Becoming a lawyer requires an intense educational path, just like any other rigorous profession. The path isn’t easy, but if you have passion that’s carrying you throughout the process it’ll be easier to get through the tough parts. The extensive educational process can be lengthly, however the requirements remain very similar from state to state.

In this article we’re going to cover the process of becoming a lawyer and what educational requirements you’ll need to complete in order to practice law in the state of your choosing.

What are the overall initial requirements?

There are four main areas that you must pass in order to gain the educational experience in order to practice law: gaining a four-year undergraduate degree, passing three years of law school, passing the bar examination, and finally passing an ethics exam, depending on the state you’re planning on practicing law in. The educational requirements change slightly state by state, however they will remain close to the four steps mentioned above.

When you’re enrolled in a four-year undergraduate education institution you don’t have to major in pre-law. Law schools accept a wide variety of applicants, so not majoring in pre-law won’t be to your disadvantage; a lot of times they’re looking for a diverse pool of applicants to accept.

What are the next steps?

Once you’ve completed your undergraduate education you’re next step will be to apply to an accredited law school. In order to take the bar examination in the first place you’ll need to graduate from a law school that has been approved by the American Bar Association. An institution that’s been accredited by the American Bar Association signifies that the institution meets certain standards that have been established to certify a legal education.

However, before you enroll in law school you’ll be required to take the LSAT, which is a standardized test that measures your critical and analytical thinking abilities, and hopes to measure your ability to succeed in law school.

After you’ve completed your law school education you’ll have to take the bar examination. The bar examination is a two day test that measures your legal abilities and knowledge to successfully practice law. Once you’ve passed the bar some states require you to take an ethics examination, which will measure you knowledge of professional and judicial conduct.

Depending on the courses you take during law school you may be able to cover the requirements for ethics knowledge during your coursework. Also, throughout your law school education you may be able to start to develop a specialty in the field of your choice, namely environmental law or personal injury law, or another sector depending on your preference.

I hope this article has been helpful and you have a better idea of what education you’ll need to obtain in order to practice law. Going through the entire education experience will be rigid, but the entire process will be worth it. After all you’ll be able to uphold the word of the law and serve the world with your newfound skills.


Zane Schwarzlose writes for Carroll Troberman Criminal Defense, a criminal defense law firm in Austin, Texas. Zane thinks that picking a good law school is good step in becoming a lawyer.

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