Are you prepared for the demands of the job?
8 Factors to Consider Before
Becoming a Lawyer
1. Length of education
 After you get your four-year degree, you’ll need to go to
law school and finish a three-year prog...
2. Public speaking
 You must be comfortable speaking in front of large
groups if you’re going to be a successful lawyer. ...
3. Test taking
 Law students take many tests throughout law school,
including the LSAT and the bar examination. If you’re...
4. Analytical abilities
 The best lawyers have analytical
minds and are experts at logical
reasoning and critical thinkin...
5. Writing
 Lawyers not only need to be excellent writers, but they
also need to be strong oral communicators. They need ...
6. Availability
 Many clients expects their lawyers to be available at any
time during the day (or night). Would you be w...
7. Financial burden
 The average debt of a law
student is more than $72,000.
Some students even reach
$100,000 or more of...
8. Long work hours
 Most successful lawyers work more than 40 hours a week.
They put in long work hours during the day, a...
Talk to an Attorney Today
 If you want to learn more about what being a lawyer is
like, or if you need any legal assistan...
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8 Factors to Consider Before Becoming a Lawyer

  1. 1. Are you prepared for the demands of the job? 8 Factors to Consider Before Becoming a Lawyer
  2. 2. 1. Length of education  After you get your four-year degree, you’ll need to go to law school and finish a three-year program. Law school will be your full-time job with class work and other school- related activities. You will have no time for outside work.
  3. 3. 2. Public speaking  You must be comfortable speaking in front of large groups if you’re going to be a successful lawyer. You will often have to present to juries, judges and arbitrators, witnesses, boards, and colleagues. Public speaking is unavoidable in this profession.
  4. 4. 3. Test taking  Law students take many tests throughout law school, including the LSAT and the bar examination. If you’re not a good test taker, or if you don’t perform well on tests in high-pressure environments, you may want to reconsider going to law school.
  5. 5. 4. Analytical abilities  The best lawyers have analytical minds and are experts at logical reasoning and critical thinking.  Do you enjoy logic puzzles, research, and scenarios that challenge you to think critically?  You’ll need these kinds of skills to analyze complex case laws or to develop trial strategies.
  6. 6. 5. Writing  Lawyers not only need to be excellent writers, but they also need to be strong oral communicators. They need to master the art of oral and written persuasion in order to argue motions, try cases, and draft briefs, motions, etc.
  7. 7. 6. Availability  Many clients expects their lawyers to be available at any time during the day (or night). Would you be willing to talk to a client after hours? Successful lawyers do their best to remain available to clients.
  8. 8. 7. Financial burden  The average debt of a law student is more than $72,000. Some students even reach $100,000 or more of debt.  Ask yourself whether this level of debt is going to be worth it. It’s going to take time to reap the financial benefits of this job.  You must be passionate about this career path if you’re going to eventually pay off the debt.
  9. 9. 8. Long work hours  Most successful lawyers work more than 40 hours a week. They put in long work hours during the day, and they even sacrifice nights and weekends to get work done. If you want a practical schedule, you have to be okay with the fact that you probably won’t make as much money.
  10. 10. Talk to an Attorney Today  If you want to learn more about what being a lawyer is like, or if you need any legal assistance, call Craig Swapp & Associates today.  Our areas of expertise lie in personal injury, bankruptcy, social security disability, and more. Let one of our lawyers be your personal injury attorney if you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault.  No matter what your question may be, contact us today by calling 800-404-9000 or by visiting craigswapp.com.

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