How to become a Lawyer

If you are interested in a career as a lawyer, these are common steps you can follow:

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree. Law, English, government, history and economics are popular undergraduate courses of study for lawyers.
  2. Find part-time work or an internship at a law firm, government agency or corporate legal department.
  3. Graduate from law school with a law degree. In the United States, the school must be accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).
  4. Become licensed to practice law where you live. Each state in the U.S. has an exam you must pass that licenses you to practice law in that state.
  5. Participate in continuing education. Some regions require this to remain licensed.
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What skills help Lawyers find jobs?

  • Paralegal
  • Leadership Experience
  • Legal Drafting
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Counsel
  • Litigation
  • Procurement
  • Negotiation
  • Writing Skills
  • Contracts
  • Documentation Review
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Career progression for Lawyer

Education levels for Lawyers

Based on the requirements of Lawyer job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Lawyer in the United States within the last three years.

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Common qualifications for Lawyers

  • Bar
  • Certified Project Manager
  • Google AdWords Certification
  • BC/BE
  • Driver's License
  • Property & Casualty License
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about career advices for a Lawyer

How long does it take to finish law school to become a lawyer?

In the U.S., it normally take three years to complete law school full time to become a lawyer. Some schools offer part-time programs that take four years to complete.

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What skills do I need to be a good lawyer?

A number of skills combine to make a good lawyer. Some of these are:

  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to listen carefully and process information
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • A high degree of perseverance and commitment
  • An understanding of people
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What opportunities for advancement exist for a lawyer?

Most lawyers start out working with a team of lawyers as an associate before progressing to become a lawyer. They can then move on to become a partner in the law firm or leave to start their own practice. Alternatively, lawyers might join the legal department of a large business while some might decide to run for office in government legislatures or become judges.

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