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8 Steps to Becoming a Lawyer


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Are you interested in becoming a lawyer one day? Do you know what it takes to become one? Read this slideshare to find out!

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8 Steps to Becoming a Lawyer

  1. 1. 8 STEPS TO BECOMING A LAWYER IN THE U.S. Learn what it takes to become a lawyer!
  2. 2. 1. GO TO A 4-YEAR COLLEGE.  Every law school in the United States requires that you have an undergraduate degree, and preferably one from a reputable university. You don’t necessarily need to be pre-law, but it’s recommended you study one of the following:  English  Public speaking  Government  History  Economics  Mathematics
  3. 3. 2. MAINTAIN A HIGH GPA.  If you want to get into law school, you’ll need a minimum 3.0 GPA. If you want to get into a prestigious law school, you’ll need a much higher GPA—closer to 3.8 or 4.0. Having a high GPA will also help you get financial aid, which is a plus because law school is very expensive.
  4. 4. 3. REGISTER FOR THE LSAT.  The Law School Admission Test is a half-day standardized test required for anyone wanting to get into law school. It provides a way for law schools to see how well the tester is at acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills.
  5. 5. 4. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY.  You should be preparing for the LSAT way before you plan on taking it. Doing well on this test is extremely important, as it will determine where you go to law school. Take a preparatory class so you can get the highest score possible (180 is a perfect score).
  6. 6. 5. APPLY TO SEVERAL LAW SCHOOLS.  Apply to American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law schools. These law schools will be recognized by the state, and you’ll have a better chance of getting a better job if you go to an ABA- accredited institution.
  7. 7. 6. CHOOSE WISELY.  Do your research before applying to various law schools. Remember that application fees are high, so it’s not wise to apply to dozens of law schools, especially if you’re not really interested in some of them. Make a list of the schools you have the best chance of getting into.
  8. 8. 7. DEVOTE YOURSELF TO THE PROGRAM.  Law school isn’t easy and it isn’t cheap. Take it seriously by devoting large amounts of time to reading cases, researching case law, writing detailed briefs, and preparing for class. Join or form a study group with people in your program. It will help to have the support.
  9. 9. 8. PASS A STATE BAR EXAM.  After your first year of law school, you’ll take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. It’s a standardized test that evaluates your knowledge of the standards of professional conduct.  Once you take the MPRE, decide on the area of law you want to practice, and graduate law school, you’ll take the bar exam. If you pass the exam, you will become a certified lawyer, and you’ll finally be ready to get a job and start practicing law!
  10. 10. TALK TO A LAWYER TODAY  If you want some guidance and advice from an experienced attorney, call Craig Swapp & Associates today.  We have excellent personal injury attorneys, auto accident attorneys, bankruptcy attorneys, and more.  If you’re interested in becoming a personal injury attorney or you’ve been in an accident and need the help of a personal injury attorney, our lawyers have the knowledge and expertise to assist you.  You can contact us today by calling 800-404-9000 or by visiting,