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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Lawyers should have good research skills. All lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state's written bar examination. Education Becoming a lawyer usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school--4 years of undergraduate study, followed by 3 years of law school. Most states and jurisdictions require lawyers to complete a juris doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). ABA accred
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  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Lawyers should have good research skills. All lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state's written bar examination.EducationBecoming a lawyer usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school--4 years of undergraduate study, followed by 3 years of law school. Most states and jurisdictions requirelawyers to complete a juris doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the  American Bar Association (ABA). ABA accreditation signifies that the law school--particularly its curricula andfaculty--meets certain standards. A bachelor's degree is required for entry into most law schools, and courses in English, public check this speaking, government, history, economics, and mathematics are useful. Almost all law schools, particularly those approved by the ABA, require applicants to take the LawSchool Admission Test (LSAT). This test measures applicants' aptitude for the study of law. A J.D. degree program includes courses such as constitutional law, contracts, property law, civilprocedure, and legal writing. Law students may choose specialized courses in areas such as tax,labor, and corporate law.LicensesProspective lawyers take licensing exams called bar exams. When a lawyer receives their license topractice law, they are admitted to the bar. To practice law in any state, a person must be admitted to the state's bar under recommended youread rules established by the jurisdiction's highest court. The requirements vary by individual states  and jurisdictions. For more details on individual state and jurisdiction requirements, visit theNational Conference of Bar Examiners.Most states require that applicants graduate from an ABA-accredited law school, pass one or morewritten bar exams, and be found by an admitting board to have the character to represent andadvise others. Prior felony convictions, academic misconduct, or a history of substance abuse are just some factors that may disqualify an applicant from being admitted to the bar.Lawyers who want to practice in more than one state often must take the bar exam in each state. After graduation, lawyers must keep informed about legal developments that affect their practices. Almost all states require lawyers to participate in continuing legal education either every year orevery 3 years.?Many law schools and state and local bar associations provide continuing legal education coursesthat help lawyers stay current with recent developments. Courses vary by state and generally covera subject within the practice of law, such as legal ethics, taxes and tax fraud, and healthcare. Somestates allow lawyers to take their continuing education credits through online courses.? AdvancementNewly hired attorneys usually start as associates and work with more experienced lawyers. Afterseveral years, some lawyers may be admitted to partnership of their firm, which means they becomepartial owners of the firm. After gaining a few years of work experience, some lawyers go into practice for themselves or moveto the legal department of a large corporation. Very few in-house attorneys are hired directly out of law school. A small number of experienced lawyers are nominated or elected to judgeships. Other lawyers maybecome full-time law school faculty and administrators. For more information about judges and lawschool faculty, see the profile on  judges and hearing officers and the profile on postsecondary teachers.Other  you can try these out ExperienceLaw students often gain practical experience by participating in school-sponsored legal clinics, in aschool's moot court competitions, in practice trials under the supervision of experienced lawyers and judges, and through research and writing on legal issues for a school's law journals.Part-time jobs or summer internships in law firms, government agencies, and corporate legaldepartments also provide valuable experience. Some smaller firms, government agencies, and publicinterest organizations may hire students as summer associate interns after they have completedtheir first year at law school. Many larger firms' summer internship programs are only eligible to lawstudents who have completed their second year. These experiences can help law students decidewhat kind of legal work they want to focus on in their careers, and these internships may leaddirectly to a job after graduation.Important Qualities Analytical skills. Lawyers help their clients resolve problems and issues. As a result, they must be  able to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable solutions.Interpersonal skills. Lawyers must win the respect and confidence of their clients by building atrusting relationship, so that clients feel comfortable enough to share personal information relatedto their case.Problem-solving skills. Lawyers must separate their emotions and prejudice from their clients'problems and objectively evaluate the matter. Therefore, good problem-solving skills are importantfor lawyers, to prepare the best defense and recommendation.Research skills. Preparing legal advice or representation for a client commonly requires substantialresearch. All lawyers need to be able to find what applicable laws and regulations apply to a specificmatter.Speaking skills. Clients hire lawyers to speak on their behalf. Lawyers must be able to clearlypresent and explain their case to arbitrators, mediators, opposing parties, judges, or juries.?Writing skills. Lawyers need to be precise and specific when preparing documents, such as wills,trusts, and powers of attorney.https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/lawyers.htm
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