Law careers as attorneys begin with law school. Of course, a person must finish a four-year college degree, which can be a Bachelor’s degree in most any field, before applying to law school. Whatever degree a prospective lawyer has must include developing proficiency in writing, speaking and thinking logically. The pre-law student should take classes such as government, English, history, philosophy, economics, public speaking, mathematics and computer science.
If a student already knows that they want to specialize in a certain type of law, they should take classes to reinforce that specialty. For example, a patent lawyer would be wise to take classes in science and technology. A business lawyer should take as many business classes as possible.
Before being accepted to law school, a person must pass the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The LSAT is given four times a year at centers around the country and covers half a day. The test includes five 35-minute sections, with four of these being used in the final score. The other section, called the variable section, is used to test new questions and formats. A 35-minute writing sample is also taken. The sample is not graded, but is sent along with your scores to the law schools you designate.
There are three types of multiple choice questions on the LSAT. Reading comprehension assesses the student’s ability to read and comprehend even complex materials, similar to those used in law school classes. Analytical Reasoning tests the ability to understand relationships and draw conclusions from the facts given. Logical Reasoning measures your talent at analyzing, evaluating and completing arguments.
Once the Bachelor’s degree is finished and the LSAT has been successfully taken, the student is ready for law school.
Last Updated: 12/13/2012