Lawyer Education Requirements

Lawyers or attorneys are typically thought of as highly educated.  Not all people think this job is prestigious or respectable, but most can agree that lawyers have a good amount of education.

To become a lawyer, you need a Bachelors degree and also a Juris Doctor, or a JD.  The bachelors degree can be in anything, but most lawyers study political science or history.  People who are interested in a specific part of law, (eg. patent law, corporate law) might get an undergrad in a related field.

After getting your BS, you need to go to law school.  Law school usually takes 3 years.  After law school, you can take your bar exam to be licensed or “Barred” to practice law in your state.

Technically, you can take the bar without a JD.  If a member of the bar states that you studied under him or her for a certian number of years, you may be elegible for the bar.  This is not practiced very often though, and most people go the law-school route.

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