Attorneys are some of the highest paid individuals in the United States. Being a lawyer is often seen as a very rewarding and, to some, even a noble line of work, since lawyers often defend the rights of people. Lawyers stand for justice by prosecuting evil doers and in the process earn a lot of money. Although many people are attracted by the idea of becoming a lawyer so that they can make easy cash (and, ahemm . . . stand up for justice and other ideals), the truth is that very few people are cut out for the profession. Becoming a lawyer is a big intellectual challenge and it takes many years of study and hard work. This article is a list of the steps you need to take if you are curious about how to become a lawyer.
The first step required is to get a bachelors degree, either a B.A. or a B.S. This means attending a university or college for about four years. If, at the end of that time, you have studied hard and have a high enough grade point average when you obtain your degree, then you can start applying to your law schools of choice, though attending law school is not an absolute requirement. To enter the law school you must pass a special standardized test call the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The application process also involves writing a personal statement. Once in law school, you will have to study like you never imagined. Homework assignments often require up to 100 pages of reading per night, which is intended to develop analytical skills. It usually takes at least three years (sometimes four) to obtain a law degree.
After your graduation from law school, you have to also pass the bar exam in the state where you want to practice. This requires a lot more study where you may spend months either in a bar review course or studying solo. There is also careful scrutiny of the backgrounds of potential lawyers.
After you have completed all this work, you will be ready to start working as an attorney. Every lawyer needs an informative website. There are web design packages that are especially designed for the needs of lawyers, that start at a cost as low as a few hundred bucks. Many special features are available with these web design packages to help you start your legal career in the best possible way. The web is the new place for hanging out a shingle!