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Transcript of Laywer
WHAT I KNOW
I know that I need to recieve a bachlors degree to get into graduate school
I know that I also have to pass the BAR exam to get certified
I know that in order to be a successful lawyer I need to be able to refute most if not all of my opponents claims strategically, and accurately.
WHAT I IMAGINE
I imagine that my course of study will allow me to pursue many helpful and interesting majors while in my undergraduate studies
I presume that I will meet many great people in my field of study and learn from them
I imagine that I will be very successful
I imagine that this field of study would mean interesting cases and a chance to shape the future of law.
Pursing a Law Degree
In most states, law degree requirements are fairly steep.
Those who choose this career path should be prepared to undergo thorough examination before the beginning of their career. Law is one of the few occupations that allow people of all ages to succeed.
what is a lawyer?
A Lawyer is someone who advises clients in legal matters, also called an attorneys. Lawyers may advocate for their clients and defend them in court.
While no particular course of study is required to enter Law School, aspiring lawyers should sharpen their reading, speaking, and argumentation skills in college.
Courses in Political Science and public speaking are helpful when going to graduate school. Analysis skills are key to passing the LSAT (Law School Administration Test) which is the test to get into graduate school.
What is required?
J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree programs usually take three years of full-time study to complete. The first year of law school typically focuses on general law courses, such as contracts, criminal law and legal writing. In the final years, students usually study a specialty, such as corporate or labor law.
After law school
After graduation, a lawyer will need to pass a bar examination in order to practice. To take a bar examination, a student must have graduated from a college or university with ABA accreditation.
Lawyers who wish to specialize in specific concentrations of law may consider enrolling in Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree programs. These programs generally last one year and focus on specialized fields, such as business or international law. Requirements vary according to law school, but typically entail 21-26 course credits.
Some law schools may offer joint J.D./LL.M. degree programs, which take 1-1.5 years of study in addition to J.D. degree programs. The ABA does not accredit any legal education programs besides J.D. degree programs.
Law firms are the destination of choice for many new law school graduates. If you are in a law firm, clients, such as individuals or businesses, would hire you to perform legal work for them. On a day-to-day basis, you would work for a variety of clients on a variety of projects.
In 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported an annual median wage of $114,970 for lawyers in general.
The BLS predicted average growth of 10% for lawyers from 2012-2022. Strong competition for jobs was expected, and lawyers with experience who are willing to relocate will have the best employment prospects.
In New Mexico the BLS reported an hourly salary at a rate of $35.45. compared to a US average of $47.89.
Interview with an expert
I interviewed Robynn Sena
Q: What is your job description?
A:Attorney. Specifically, commercial litigation when two companies end up suing each other and appellate work, which means representing clients after a trial has already taken place before a higher court of law.
Q:What does it take to be successful in this career field?
A: Excellent analytical skills, with an ability to do precise, detail-oriented work while still being able to fit that work within a larger strategy. Willingness to work hard. Enjoy reading and writing.
Q: What advice can you offer to high school students?
A: Try a lot of different things to see what you like. Work hard and keep your options open, no need to lock yourself onto one career path too early. Enjoy the whole experience most of all.
Q: What should I look for in a Law school?
A:You should attend a school that a) has a solid program for your major of interest, b) falls within your financial margins, and c) you can expect to succeed. Law school admission boards are more interested in how well you did in undergrad (and on the LSAT) as opposed to what school you attended.
Q: How long would I have to go to school if I pusued law?
A: Most likely seven years. Four years to do your bachelor’s degree and 3 years for law school.
Q: I have always wanted to be a lawyer and also been told that I have the traits of a lawyer such as I’m very argumentative, but how do I use this to better myself for law school?
A: To use this trait to your advantage, you should think of the ways in which you can draw positive skills from it. More than being argumentative, you need to: state your arguments in a clear and concise manner, be able to point to evidence that supports your arguments, do the appropriate research that would allow you to formulate an argument, think in a logical manner and articulate your thoughts in the same logical manner, know how to speak to your audience, maintain your composure, speak confidently, be able to think on the spot and respond to an opponent’s argument, etc.
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