A Career in Law: A Guide for Students
Prepared for: Pre-Law Majors
Prepared by: Kesha
May 9, 2013
This career guide with discuss all of the important aspects of becoming a lawyer. The following information will be discussed: education, income, job opportunities, challenges, career resources, and journals.
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This guidebook was created to assist high school and college students who plan to become a lawyer in the future. The focus will be on the duties of a lawyer. It will also provide information on the education required, the career opportunities, the challenges, the employment outlook, the duties and benefits, and the average income a lawyer earns. Most of the information in this report was compiled from the websites: legalcareers.com and law.miami.edu.
A lawyer is an individual who practices the law. Their purpose is to help assist and bring the truth to justice. They support their clients by helping them determine their alibi and by pleading not guilty. Lawyers usually work solo, in a small group, or in a large law firm. They are central figures in the life of a democratic country. In order to become a lawyer, one must have a high school diploma or a GED, a bachelor’s degree (the recommended majors are Environmental Studies, History, Paralegal Studies, Political Science, Government, Pre-Law, Psychology, General Science, Technology, Society, and Social Sciences,), a law degree, and to pass the state’s BAR exam.
In order to become a lawyer, it is recommended to start the journey from high school. In high school, it is recommended to join a debate team, or a mock trial team, in order to improve one’s speaking skills that will really help for the individual’s career. Developing good studying skills is also very important. Then, the individual should attend a four-year college and graduate with a bachelor’s degree. The recommended majors that will help prepare you for law is Criminal Justice, History, Political Science, Sociology, English, and Business. The student should make sure his or her GPA is over 3.0 in order to assure that he o she will get into the law school of his or her choice. During the student’s sophomore year, it is highly recommended for him or her to prepare and take the LSAT. The score of 180 is an ideal score. After the student takes the LSAT, he or she should also apply for many ABA (American Bar Association)-accredited law schools, and pick your school wisely. After you graduate from college, you should get your financial situation straightened and save money for law school. When you attend law school, be prepared to devote yourself to the program because you will be doing a lot of work and studying. Joining a group is highly recommended. After graduating law school, you should look for work while preparing for the state’s bar exam. Afthe bar exam, the student is finished with his or her goal.
There are very similar jobs to lawyers, like judges, mediators, hearing officers, paralegals, legal assistants, and postsecondary teachers. Judges, mediators, and hearing officers apply the law to court cases and oversee the legal process in courts. Also, they conclude authoritative arguments and aid agreements between opposing parties. Paralegal and legal assistants do many things to support lawyers. They draft documents, maintain organized files, and conduct legal research. A postsecondary teacher usually teaches high school graduates in a wide variety of subjects. Also, they conduct research and publish academic books and papers. (Lawyers, 2012)
Lawyers came in fifth place with the salary of $130,490 on the Bottom Line blog of MSNBC....
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