Clients can rest assured with the knowledge that the lawyers in this country have the knowledge and education necessary to run a country. Some of the best-known United States presidents were attorneys prior to being sworn into office. In fact, 25 out of 45 of them passed the bar. Several other occupations comprise the other 45 percent of our country’s presidents. Attorneys attend college and law school before passing a very extensive exam in order to practice law. This requires a good mind, thoughtful study, and continued practice.
In the United States, a bachelor’s degree is required for admission to law school. Most aspiring attorneys will obtain their bachelor’s degree in English, history, politics, or business. Though any four-year degree is acceptable.
Accredited law schools require potential students to take what is essentially a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) for admission consideration. This exam tests the verbal, reasoning and reading skills in order to assess applicant’s likelihood of success in their program.
Law school itself consists of a very structured three year program which results in a Juris Doctor (J.D) degree. Law students will spend the first year in general courses before concentrating on their specialty in the last two years. The best, most reputable, law schools are accredited by the American Bar Association.
Admission to the Bar
Many states require admission to their bar association for any lawyer wishing to practice law within that state. In California, admission to the state bar requires J.D.s to file an application, sit for, and pass, the state Bar Examination. Applicants are also required to file for and receive a positive moral character determination form the Committee of Bar Examiners and prove they are current with family and child support obligations.
Beyond the J.D., lawyers have the option to obtain a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree. These courses concentrate on one specific aspect of the law and usually take about one year to complete. These are not required by any bar association, but they do allow lawyers to continue their education which means they will be up-to-date and extra knowledgeable about the types of cases they handle.
Lawyers work very hard to learn how to work hard for their clients. Our country’s attorneys are responsible for the regulation of many sectors of our society. From education to criminal rights they fight for justice on behalf of all citizens. The education, licensing, and bar association requirements assure potential clients that their attorney is knowledgeable and prepared to represent them in court.