There is no better job than to be able to help people for a living. However, becoming an attorney is a long and arduous road. There are many who fail along this difficult path. Some don’t make it through undergrad. Some make it through undergrad, law school, and are never able to pass the bar. Because of how expensive law school costs, you need to be certain you want to be an attorney before starting this great expedition.
To apply for law school you must first take the Law School Admissions Test or LSAT. According to lsac.org, the LSAT “is an integral part of law school admission in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. The test is designed specifically to assess key skills needed for success in law school, including reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning. The LSAT is the only test accepted for admission purposes by all ABA-accredited law schools and Canadian common-law law schools.
Some law schools will accept tests other than the LSAT for admission. However, students who want to maximize their chances for admission are advised to take the LSAT. It is the only test accepted by all ABA-accredited law schools, and it is the only test that helps the test taker to determine if law school is right for them.” (lsac.org)
Once you have completed the LSAT and you have a sufficient score to get into a law school, you must do your research. “Earning a JD degree from an ABA-approved law school is the most straightforward path to becoming a lawyer in the United States. Search for schools by location, keyword, and UGPA/LSAT combination to find the best law school for you. We also provide links to each school’s most up-to-date information on admission requirements, tuition, special programs, physical facilities, and more.”(lsac.org)
Once accepted, you officially start your passage through the long winding road of law school. “The first year of classes is the same at all law schools. Every school offers a core curriculum of civil procedure, criminal law, contracts, legal research and writing, legal methods, torts, constitutional law, and property. You’ll branch out into different types of law after the first year. Don’t assume a school has a program to suit your particular interests; individual school websites can tell you more about that. Many beginning students don’t have a specific direction in mind, so just make sure the school offers a wide range of electives or the type of electives that interest you.”(lsac.org)
Some will tell you that the first year is the roughest. Many people will either drop out or be dismissed from the law school due to poor grades. Law school is not for the faint of heart. In our next chapter will we divulge into different types of law schools and what classes are like for freshman law students.