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How to Become a Lawyer

Hard work and a good education can lead you on a path to being the next great legal mind.


  • Step 1: Get a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college Get a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university. Law schools do not have course or major requirements, but a good GPA helps.
  • Step 2: Take the LSAT Take the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT. Your grade point average and LSAT score are two main considerations for law school admission.
  • Step 3: Research law schools Research law schools online. Find minimum grade point average and LSAT scores requirements, as well as the school’s accreditation status with the American Bar Association.
  • TIP: Make sure schools are accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • Step 4: Apply to schools Apply to law schools. Most law school applications require a college transcript, LSAT scores, and an essay.
  • Step 5: Finish law school Complete law school and earn your Juris Doctor – J.D. – degree. While you’re in school, enroll in clinical programs or internships.
  • Step 6: Pass the bar exam Study for and pass the bar exam for the state where you want to practice law. The test varies from state to state.
  • Step 7: Submit resumes Submit your resume for positions you are interested in. Now you can put your well-trained legal mind to work!
  • FACT: Did you know? The American Bar Association is the largest volunteer professional organization in the world.

You Will Need

  • A bacheloru2019s degree
  • A Juris Doctor degree
  • A passing grade on the bar exam

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