I want to be a lawyer what do i need to do first?
Im a three year grad in high school. but i dont know what to do first it the university and what do need to study first.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
It's best to study public law & government, or else economics. But any subject could prepare you: it's the rigor of college education and the general education that counts.
In other countries, law is an undergraduate degree, and lawyers are less well-rounded than in the USA.
- Jeffrey VLv 41 decade ago
There are several ways that you can obtain a law degree First, you can complete a four year degree, during which you would take prelaw courses such as Speech. After that, you take the LSAT, and the score you get will determine the range of schools that are available to you.
Second, if you dont have an undergraduate degree, you can take the First Year Students Exam, also called the Baby Bar. This allows you to be admiited and obtain your JD without a lower degree.
And third, there are what are called distance learning programs, and basically what they do is allow you to learn at your own pace. You take finals, and in most respects its the same thing that you get in an actual school, but the important thing that you dont get is the so called "Socratic Method," where a professor of law will spend sometimes more than a half hour grilling one student about every tiny detail of the assigned reading.
Finally, you can become a lawyer by studying under the tutelage of an attorney who has been practicing for seven years in the state where you live.
One final note, if you do pick the distance learning option, if you live outside of California, that is the only state that allows graduates of these programs to take the bar.
- 1 decade ago
You need to do the following:
a.) You need to go to college. The better the school the better you chances of getting into a decent law school.
b.) You need to get good grades. It really does not matter what you study, although classes that help you to learn to write, analyze and grasp complex concepts will help the most.
2.) TAKE THE LSAT WHEN YOU ARE A JR.
a.) Study for this and take it only ONCE. The higher the score the better the law school.
3.) STAY OUT OF TROUBLE---many law schools will not accept you if you have a record or had behavioral issues in college. Plus, you need to pass a background check to become bar admitted.
4.) GO TO AN ABA ACCREDITED LAW SCHOOL.---Stay far away from what are known as fourth tier and non-ABA accredited law schools. Your goal should be go to the best you can. US News and World Report comes out with rankings every year.
5.) AT LAW SCHOOL
a.) THe first year is the most important. STudy, Study, Study and do not work.
b.) Get internships every summer, preferably in the field you want to practice in.
c.) Try to get on Moot Court Teams, and Law Reviews. Get a great writing sample
6.) STUDY FOR AND PASS THE BAR
One final note, Bar admission varies from state to state, Some states require that you graduate from ABA accredited institutions, others do not. So it is very, very important to check the state you wish to practice in for what the require before you commit to a law school. Some states (Wisconsin comes to mind) do not require you to take the bar exam if you go to a State School with that State.
GOOD LUCK.Source(s): Bar Admitted in NY
- John SLv 71 decade ago
I suppose the first question is why you want a law degree. About half the people with law degrees never practice law, but want the education to better do their jobs (policemen, accountants, real estate agents, etc.). If what you really want to do is practice law, you should use your undergraduate time to find out what you like to do. I would definitely avoid anything like "pre-law." There are lots of areas of law, and you are going to want something that will keep your interest and make you happy for the next 30 or more years. Explore what's out there--it may be your last time to do it.
Lawyers are the last generalists; with admission to the bar you can practice any kind of law you want, but most lawyers specialize in something. I have heard that the lawyers who make the most money are those who have higher degrees in science and who practice patent law for major corporations. They could not pay me enough money to do that.
So bottom line on what do you study first is: yourself. Find out who you are and what you love. Then the law will be fun and you will be a good attorney.Source(s): 30 years as a criminal defense attorney (and still loving it)
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
You have to get a BA or BS. The traditional degrees are history, government, and literature. Literature seems to be the best background for law school. If you want to make a lot of money you should get a science degree with a minor in literature. Once you are close to finishing up college. You take the law school entrance exam, the LSAT. Depending on how well you do in college and the LSAT you then apply to law school. It is typically a seven year program. Four years of college and three of law school. If you suck on the LSAT you will suck in law school as well. The first year of law school is the most critical, it pretty much will determine your life for the next ten to twenty years. I strongly emphasize the literature and science background. If you just want to work in law, you may want to become a paralegal. You can get a paralegal certification in 2 years and make as much money as many attorneys about $50-70,000 a year.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Go to college, GET GREAT GRADES and there you can apply to law school. You can study whatever you want, it depends on what kind of law you think you are interested in. I would suggest taking political science courses, criminal law and business law classes.
Graduate College, become a paralegal and do that for a year or two, then get the attorneys that you work for to write a letter of recommendation and get into law school.Source(s): Personal experience.
- orzoffLv 41 decade ago
ok...that whitecloud guy is nuts. You don't need to save the world if you become and attorney and you don't need to study ancient texts.
Just go to undergrad and try to get good grades. You can major in anything you want, it makes no difference for law school what you majored in. After your junior year of college take the LSAT test over the summer and voila....you're in Law School.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Go to http://www.LSAC.org This site gives you information that you will need, including research tools to find a school that will be suitable for you.
You will need to register and take the LSAT before you can apply to a school. You need a good GPA, and you might need some pre-law courses at University before you can apply.
- whitecloudLv 51 decade ago
get law books and read up president cases ,go into courts and what what happens ,make notes of the cases and out come ,,,,then contact the colage and see what they can ofer you to study now so you will be half way there by the time you can start,,,,good luck,,,,its gona be very hard work ,as you need to study from the 14 hundreds,when law first became common law,,the history of law help you decide what todays law needs to be ,,some still need changing ,,,maybe you will be the one to sort it .
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Sell your soul