Steps to becoming a Lawyer
A lawyer holds prestige in his profession. When he walks in the courtroom, he catches the attention of the audience. He can convince the crowd and make many people envy. They say many lawyers make money fast and easy while other people seem to give negative comments about them. Nevertheless, one thing is true; a person’s status is elevated once he becomes a lawyer.
But becoming a lawyer is never easy. Before they gained fame and popularity, they went through a lot of challenges and hurdles. It is a profession they worked hard for. In fact, only a few of them make it out to the legal profession. So if you are one of those interested in becoming one, here are the steps that would lead you to that path.
Step 1: It is a commitment
Studying law is like marriage. You have to be marry the books and see to it that you give ample time to them. One common mistake that law students make when they are still starting is that they rush into it, with no thinking and deliberation. Before entering law school, do not only think twice but think it over and over again. Taking a break after graduating from college would be a good idea. During the said period, consider the following questions before deciding on whether or not to go for it.
- Is it your choice? Do you really have interest in going to law school?
- Are you ready to let go of your free time?
- Are you courageous enough to face insults and criticisms?
- Are you financially prepared?
- Do you think your skills and abilities fit in your chosen field?
If your answers in the above questions are in the positive, then you are ready to take the next step. Genuine interest in studying law and being ready to make sacrifices especially when it comes to your social life are essential considerations to take. In addition to that, financial readiness must also be considered. In law, you have to deal not only with books but with research papers, other reading materials and other possible legal activities. These will surely cause a hole in your pocket. Financial preparation is thus also a priority.
Step 2: Choosing a Law School
Studying in a competent school makes a difference. Of course this does not matter if you are really a genius. But sometimes, it pays to be in a school where professors and lecturers conduct classes regularly, where students are encouraged to be more participative and competitive as well. Stretching one’s capabilities and knowledge may need a school that looks beyond just teaching. Not everybody however has the chance to enter a law school. You have to go through the usual admissions tests or exams which may last a day or a half, depending on the requirements of the institution. Thus, though you have selected the school where you want to study, it still depends on whether or not you’ll pass the admission test and the requirements asked of you.
Step 3: Study and Participate
Once you get admitted, the tortures of law school begin. One great tip of successful bar exam passers is that even from their first year; their thinking is focused on how to pass the final exams. This means that from the beginning, develop a habit that will surely give you an advantage in the future. There is no better weapon than being prepared for the bar exams. The aim in law school is not so much of getting honors but on maintaining a passing grade, comprehending the lessons taught to you and participating in activities that can enrich your legal skills. You may have to spend a minimum of three to five years of studying law depending on your country and your chosen school. The most important part is graduating from law school.
Step 4: Here comes review
Review is one of the crucial stages in becoming a lawyer. After graduating from law school, one has to refresh his or her mind from the lessons years ago. This will require attending review centers and programs. Getting the appropriate and up to date review materials matter in this stage. During the review, all shall be set aside as this stage plays a major role in passing the lawyer’s exam. The period may vary from country to country or state to state where you want to practice law. Some review with co-takers but other prefer to be alone. This is the time when people who yearn to be lawyers exert their full effort in preparation for the exams.
Step 5: Pass the Bar Exam
No lawyer became one without passing the bar exams. In some countries it will take one month, where sets of exams are given every weekend. In other countries, exams may take a shorter period. This is called the final stage. This exam will test what you have learned for the past years while you are in law school. The exam’s compositions depend on the country or state you belong. Normally essay questions are given especially that law can be applied in different ways and views. In some states, a Character and Fitness Evaluation is conducted while in some this is not needed. It assures that you are fit to handle such a big responsibility of legal work.
Step 6: Be a lawyer not only in Profession but also in Deed
Becoming a lawyer does not end in passing the bar exams. You have to take care of your profession, continue to learn from it, share it with others and use it in a proper way. Most of all, be careful of your actions especially that you already hold a position in the society. There are lawyers who have been disbarred for the thoughtless actions they committed. Do not use it to abuse others and take advantage of them. A lawyer also has to spend time in research and studies for law changes along with time. Remember that upgrading one’s scope of knowledge in law does not stop when an Atty. is connected to your name- it actually takes a lifetime.
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