to becoming a lawyer

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what lawyers do, education needed, salaries, etc.

Submitted: May 05, 2012

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lawyers are important to deliver justice upon those who have committed an act of violation corresponding with the law. First we must understand what a lawyer is. A lawyer is a man or woman trained to deal with legal problems of all kinds. Lawyers have good reason to understand the law better than most people. Lawyers dominate or exercise control over the legislature that make the laws. Lawyers do many things like advise their clients as to their rights and responsibilities under the law, protect the interest of their client by taking legal action when the person's life or property is threatened, and also defend their client when action is taken against him or her.

Two main duties performed by lawyers outside of trials are Research and case Preparation. Lawyers have to examine evidence, laws, statues, and past judicial ruling in order to build up the strength of their argument. Once lawyers gather all their research, they prepare by creating an effective argument strategy for the courtroom and if their argument is not efficient in convincing the judge or prosecutor they must adapt and choose the most effective argument method available to them in order to win a case. They must constantly think on what to say, if not they can lose the case by saying something wrong meaning something that the defendant or the lawyers client, did not do. This would cause false accusation by Prosecutor or the Jury and lead to sentencing a man who is possibly not guilty. It is lawyer’s job to give his fullest ability on a case to make sure justice is given even if the person may be guilty if so then they must pay for their crimes.

When people think about becoming a lawyer they might think what schooling I may need, what work is required after I become a lawyer, what my financial status would be, and most of all what satisfaction will I gain from what I achieve, which are all good questions but they should ask why they want to become a Lawyer in the first place

The steps to becoming a lawyer start with an undergraduate degree from a 4-year college or university. But in many schools they offer a pre-law curriculum targeted towards future lawyers, there is not a specific bachelor's degree required for this field. A future lawyer may benefit from classes in government, history, economics, public speaking or sociology. Law school admissions are very selective, so applicants should try to complete a well-rounded undergraduate program with high grades. After earning a bachelor's degree, prospective lawyers must apply to, and attend, a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) or their states bar authorities. Admission requirements typically include high Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores, undergraduate transcripts, work experience, letters of recommendation and a personal interview.  Before all of this there are high school classes and extra circulars that help with becoming a lawyer one of them in political science which deals with government and it is a must to know a considerable amount of knowledge about it. It is advised to take as much of them as possible during high school. The second class is Civics. It is an important part of political science which deals with the rights of citizens and duties of citizenship. Taking Civics in high school will make you in a better position to understand the conflicts that exist today. The third classis history. It is important to study history, not only U.S. history but history from all nations around the world. Also if Latin is a language you can take at your school you should take it. Roman laws were written in Latin and being able to read Latin is good for becoming a lawyer. In college, Potential lawyers should take sociology and psychology. Sociology is a science that deals with the backgrounds of people, the relationships between people, and especially the relations between an individual and his or her community. Psychology is the science of learning about the behavior of people and why they act as they do in certain circumstances. There is also law school, but before that you must decide what kind of law you want to practice. You can go to two types of law schools a local law school or a national law school, there are differences between the two, national law schools are larger, have a large student body, each professor will only teach one subject, there will be more attention on procedures that will apply in many states. Since large corporate law firm will commonly not accept a local law school graduate until they demonstrate themselves commendable.

When starting a business in law you can work alone, start a partnership, or work for a firm. Single practices: For individuals who are freelance, the average is around $95,000. Depending on what cases a solo specialist takes, his or her salary can increase or decrease.. For some individuals who are beginning a career in law, the idea of starting a solo practice sounds exciting and profitable. While it can be both, it can also be frustrating and financially unstable. Ultimately, both choices have their advantages and disadvantages as well. They can also start a partnership with one or more of the people you went to school with. They will be employed as an associate on a salary. Partners are the people that own the firm. Salaries for lawyer can very on where they start their business. If starting the business in a small city, they can expect a salary anywhere from $24-30,000. When more experienced they can expect anywhere from $50-200,000+. In a big city $30-45,000 thousand dollars can be earned during the beginning. After they become skilled they can earn anywhere from $75-250,000+ dollars. Private law firms: The average salary for lawyers who work at a law firm is roughly $78,000. Depending on the areas a lawyer focuses on, these number may differ. Once an attorney becomes partner at a firm, they may make between $100,000 and $200,000 per year. Working at a law firm has a few advantages. First, unlike a solo practice, you have greater job security. Second, while they may start out with a lower salary, if they can make a partner earnings increase dramatically.

Becoming a lawyer is hard work, it just depends on how you feel about it

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