Becoming a Lawyer: Things to Know

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Becoming a Lawyer: Things to Know
This article discusses important aspects of legal profession, areas of specialization and several guidelines that a lawyer is expected to
follow. Here you will also learn about law schools, law school admissions, legal job hunting, areas of specialization, work environment
and more.

Becoming a lawyer is not an easy task as you need to be                             One of the major requirements of legal job hunting
a law school graduate in the first place. Legal procedures                          is to know how to negotiate a raise by developing a
are practically the backbone of our social framework and it                         backup plan by soliciting other plans, etc.
is necessary that lawyers should adhere to a strict code of
conduct. If you are planning to become a legal expert, you                  •       Areas of specialization: Lawyers of various
must defend your client at civil and criminal trials, other than                    disciplines are required to specialize in different areas.
advising them about strategies for tackling problems. Lawyers                       Marriage lawyers are required to specialize in areas like
also carry out legal searches and apply the legal implications                      marriage, divorce, child custody, domestic partnerships
to the case or context.                                                             and gay marriages as well. In fact, family lawyers
                                                                                    today serve families on an economic level. Criminal
   •     Law schools: One needs to be a law graduate from                           lawyers deal with DUI and trials for murder etc. Civil
         a reputable law school to become a successful lawyer                       legal professionals handle disputes between the
         although that depend on the rules of the region you                        individual and the government for suing a firm.
         wish to practice in. Mostly, a regional or national
         institute looks into legal practice and representatives            •       Work environment: The typical work environment
         suffice people with the requisite information. Generally                   for the lawyers are offices, courts and law libraries.
         however, the candidate is required to pass the bar, or                     They may even meet clients in homes and commercial
         act in a legal capacity acting as an intern in a law office                places, or even in prisons and hospitals, if so required.
         or judicial chamber.                                                       Other necessities include traveling, attending meets, or
                                                                                    appearing before the jury, legislative units, etc. While
   •     Law school admissions: Getting into a law school                           preparing for a case, lawyers need to learn all about
         requires passing the LSAT Examination or the Law School                    the latest laws or judicial pronouncements. Lawyers
         Admission Test. The factors determining your admission                     who work on a salaried basis have a set schedule.
         to law schools are your GPA scores, LSAT scores,                           Those in private practice require putting in irregular
         recommendation letters, personal statements, etc.                          working hours for around 50 hours a week.

   •     Legal job hunting: Begin your legal job hunting                 Lawyers who spend most of their time in the precincts of
         with basic skills and strategies such as preparing a            the court are trial lawyers or attorneys; others specialize in
         professional resume with the required parameters                private practice or are engaged in the varied governments,
         mentioned. There are a few strategies you need to               corporations or legal aid programs. Widespread use of
         follow such as getting your homework done about the             technology in law (like video conferencing and electric
         company you are applying to, prepare Q&A networks               filing) has focused lawyers toward seeking services of legal
         in advance so that you can face the interview board             software and databases for retrieving legal literature and legal
         effectively. Market your skills by generating a pitch or        information for indexing.
         even establishing a connection with your interviewer.

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