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If your dream is to become a lawyer, there are specific steps you need to take to get you there. You’ll need to know how to get into the law school of your dreams, apply to law school, prepare for law school, and what to expect after law school. If you dream of becoming a lawyer, following this helpful information will help you get there.

How to Get into Law School

Your first step as an undergraduate is choosing a major and minor to help you prepare for law school. Speak to your academic advisor to help you plan your path.

As you get ready to graduate from undergraduate school, this is when you should register for the LSAT. This is the standardized test most law schools use to determine your eligibility for their program. When you register for the test, you can either study independently through a study guide or sign up for test-prep classes. To give yourself enough time to prepare, you should register for the LSAT six to eight weeks before the test date.

Applying to Law School

As a law school candidate, graduation can be a very busy time. You are finishing your last set of classes, studying for the law school entrance exam, and choosing the right law school for you. You will want to research the various law schools around the country. There are many things you will want to know about them:
  • Academic ranking
  • Minimum LSAT test score
  • Minimum cumulative GPA required
  • Location
  • Application process
  • Length of program
  • Housing options
  • Financial obligations
  • Other requirements necessary to you

Preparing for Law School

Now, you hold your bachelor’s degree, have passed the entrance exam, and have been accepted into law school. Getting real-world experience before you start your law studies will help you academically and later on when you want to start your career.
  • Find an internship at a law firm
  • Get a part-time job in a law-related field
  • Volunteer at an organization that provides legal services
The point is to get real-world experience to apply to your studies. The concepts and the reality-based lessons that you learn in this experience can be valuable tools to help you with your studies.

After Law School

Once you begin law school, you will spend the next four to five years focused on your studies. Your classes will focus on many different types of laws and procedures. You will find it competitive and fascinating at the same time. As you finish, you will want to research the various law firms in the cities you want to practice in and find out what it takes to get an interview.

Start making the right connections and network with your instructors, fellow students, and others. They may hold opportunities to get you interviews with those law firms you want to work for.

After you graduate from law school, you must take the Bar Exam. This exam is specific to the state where you want to practice law and become licensed. As you prepare for the Bar Exam and plan your career, resources such as NBI can be crucial in helping you meet your Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements, ensuring you’re well-equipped with the latest legal knowledge and skills.  Once you pass the Bar Exam, you must apply to the law firms where you want to become an associate.

If you take these steps, it will help you reach your dream of becoming a lawyer.

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