Law School, A Journey

Essay by aznXsa2587 February 2006

download word file, 6 pages 4.3

Downloaded 66 times

I want to be a lawyer. In the process of researching what is required to attend law school, I discovered that getting a law degree is not just about picking a law school, attending, and then graduating. Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of the practice of law is learning to be a lawyer. Virtually every new lawyer today is a graduate of law school, which is the journey to practicing law. Staring the journey required knowing some history of law school. Modern law schools differ greatly from their earlier counterpart, in that many more requirements and responsibilities exist. In colonial times, students pursuing a career in law would enter institutions for instruction of the law, and would automatically become qualified to practice law in the courts after a few years of study. Today, however, becoming a lawyer takes much more training, many years of studying, and taking a bar exam of which passage represents qualification.

There is much more consideration concerning who is admitted, what kind of curriculums are taught, how exams are offered, what kinds affiliation exist, how much law schools differ from one another, and what it ultimately takes to be fully competent as a practicing attorney. Due to the more stringent requirements to become a lawyer, it takes great consideration and review of these requirements in deciding whether or not to attend any law school, public or private.

What does it take to get into law school? Requirements for admission to any law school, whether private or not, are extensive and seemingly difficult to obtain. Almost all law schools in the United States require a four-year college degree. Ivy League schools especially prefer college graduates from prestigious universities. Nonetheless, any law school will be more interested in applicants who rank in the top percentile of...