Lawyer

By: Cassidie Flynn

Requirements

  • Almost all law schools, particularly those approved by the ABA, require applicants to take the Law School Admission Test.
  • Most states and jurisdictions require lawyers to complete a juris doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required for entry into most law schools, and courses in English, public speaking, government, history, economics, and mathematics are useful.

Education/Skills

  • It usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school—4 years of undergraduate study, followed by 3 years of law school.

  • A J.D. degree program includes courses such as constitutional law, contracts, property law, civil procedure, and legal writing.

  • Law students may choose specialized courses in areas such as tax, labor, and corporate law

  • The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) measures applicants’ aptitude for the study of law.

Job Openings/Median Wages

Median Wages: $115,820 per year- $55.69 per hour


Job Openings: Competition for jobs should continue to be strong because more students are graduating from law school each year than there are jobs available.

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