Becoming a Lawyer
A lawyer also called an attorney, gives legal advice to people, government agencies, and businesses. They offer representation when needed, prepare legal documents, and interpret laws, regulations, and rulings.
Is Law the Right Career for You?
Start by answering the following questions:
- Have you completed an informational interview with a current lawyer?
- Are you a disciplined, hard worker?
- Do you have strong analytical, research, and writing skills?
- Are you willing to spend at least 7 years in college (4+ years for B.A./B.S. and 3 years in law school)?
If you answered yes to these questions, a career in law may be a good fit for you!
Holland Interest Code
The interest code for the law occupation is EI (Enterprising Investigative)
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|In CA: $71,550 - $171,550*|
In LA/OC Area: $176,020
*Median wages in the law field differ significantly based on specialization and geographic area. For more information visit CareerOneStop.org/Salary
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Choosing a Major for Law
There is no required or preferred undergraduate major for law school. Instead, law schools look for an undergraduate background that sharpens analytical reasoning and writing skills. Consider a major that interests you and could lead to an alternate career, if necessary.
Preparing for Law School
As an undergraduate student, there are several things you can do now to prepare for law school:
- Gain exposure to the law through volunteering, work, or job shadowing.
- Join a pre-law club, or start one if it doesn't already exist at your college.
- Study for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
- Maintain a high GPA; grades are a major factor in the selection process.
- Connect with faculty and professionals. Remember, most programs will require a letter of recommendation.
- Acquire excellent research and writing skills.
Applying to Law School
Apply to law school programs using the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). This centralized application service also has a school directory with information on requirements and deadlines for various law programs. Visit lsac.org for more information.
Areas of Law
There are many areas of law that you can specialize in. You are not expected to know the exact area of law you want to practice in before you attend law school. However, it is helpful to gain knowledge of the various areas of law as you decide your career path. Visit this website for an overview of each area of law: LSAC Fields of Law
Not sure becoming a lawyer is the right fit for you? Here are some related careers with different educational requirements.
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