Legal Career Resource Guide

legal professionalsConsidering a legal career?

There are multiple directions you can go, and many options to consider. This site is designed to act as a guide to help you discover if a legal career is right for you and which legal profession is right for you.

We also cover what education is required, law colleges, business management, and guide you through the bar administrations.

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Careers

Legal Careers

Going into law is a great option for people that possess certain skills. Even if you do not naturally have some of the skills naturally, you certainly can learn them by receiving the right education. If you are seriously considering this as your future career there are a number of things that you should consider, however, before you take the leap.

Getting the education that is needed for a law career can be rather time consuming and expensive. You have to be ready to put a number of additional years into going to school and understand that there are expenses involved that you would not incur with most other degrees. That is not to say that you should not be willing to do so, it is just important to know what you are getting yourself into. Before you continue to law school it is best to evaluate the exact costs that you will incur as well as the amount of time that it will take to complete your degree.

You should also consider what will be involved in starting your career. Many careers involve working a little harder in the beginning, but when it comes to working in the law field you can expect to put in up to 80 hours each week, if not more. That will leave little time for a social life outside of your job. Typically this is the case for a number of years, depending on which direction you take. The pay off for that dedication is making a rather high salary in the future, so of course the effort can be worth it, but it is important to recognize this before you decide to take this path. If you do think long work weeks are your style this may not be the career for you.

Finally, it is a good idea to consider which direction you plan to take after you graduate from law school. While in school you will learn more about various specializations, but the more you know before you begin, the easier it will be to pick the classes that will best prepare you for your career. There are different techniques that work best whether you plan to work as a defense lawyer or a prosecutor.

Choosing a law career is a great way to live a comfortable life. You will work hard, but the effort will pay great dividends. Just be sure to consider all of the aspects involved so that you know that it is the right choice for you.

Some careers to consider include:

Public Defender

Lawyer / Attorney

Judge

Courtroom Officials

 

law school

Legal Education – Law School

Deciding to go to law school is a big decision that will make a huge impact on your future. It is certainly a worthy goal which is why it is essential that you consider all of the aspects that will be involved with you choice. There are many schools to choose from and what they have to offer you when it comes to your education as well as opportunities once you have your degree are important in aiding in your future success.

The first thing that you will want to consider is how the education you receive is perceived by those in the law profession. Most schools that are accredited are going to give you a quality education, but those that are viewed more favorably are more likely to challenge you and give you the best education possible. This also means that if your goal is to become part of a major firm once you have completed your degree you will have a better chance of being selected for such an opportunity.

The overall cost should be considered as well. Law school will be extremely pricey no matter where you decide to go but the price can vary a great deal depending on the prestige associated with the school and whether it is public or private. You will likely be able to take out loans for whatever school that you decide to go to, but you should remember that these could impact your finances for many years in the future. This is something you will want to balance with the integrity of the degree that you will receive. Planning for the future is key to being in the right financial position as you begin your career.

You should also investigate how various schools that you are considering manage their career services programs. The sooner you are able to get into beginning your career the easier it will be to handle your financial burdens. How hard they work to place you in a quality position will also impact your career for the rest of your life. Just because a school is high on the list when it comes to prestige does not mean that they invest a great deal into the job placement process. In fact, schools with less notoriety tend to be more inclined to take this more seriously as it will help them to grow.

You should be sure to consider these factors as you begin your search. Each factor is as important as the other, yet it is up to you to decide where to put higher focus. These choices will affect your for the rest of your life.

 

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Bar Associations

Click the links below to navigate to the appropriate bar association information:

State bar admission process

State bar requirements