The work of a lawyer is to represent their clients legally.  In a case of criminal justice, the lawyer might be prosecuting or defending his client in the courtroom. Meanwhile, civil cases can involve anything like property dispute or class action settlement.

No matter the kind of lawyer you choose to become, there are certain levels and degrees you need to acquire before you can be called a successful lawyer and apply for your license.

Become a lawyer

Though there’s no particular set of courses that are required to gain admission into a law school, so you can study any undergraduate degree of your choice, according to the bureau of labor statistics, there are some university courses you need to study that can be of help to your carrier as a lawyer.

These courses include political science, economics, and English.

Mathematics and science courses can increase your skill in thinking critically. You know you will be working with clients, juries, and judges, so learning courses in communication and speaking can give you poise and confidence.

The whole idea is to show how curious and intellectual you are, show that you are a great achiever and a serious student that can spend hours in the law library.

Law School.

For you to become a lawyer, ( like in Nigeria for example) you must have studied law at the University, you must pass their main courses as stated by the council of legal education in Nigeria.

You must be called to Nigeria Bar by the body of Benchers. There must be a qualified certificate from law school in Nigeria proving that you passed the Bar examination and you are qualified by the body of Benchers to be ok.

These are the qualifications you will need before you can practice law in a country like Nigeria

You must have at least five credits including mathematics, literature in English, and English language.

You must pass your Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam (UTME) that is being organized by Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) where candidates are expected to write three social science or art subjects plus English language which is a must for all candidates.

To get admission through direct entry the candidate must have at least two “A” level passes in social science or art subjects. Then those that have National Certificate in Education or Ordinary National Diploma (NCE/OND) (second class lower) in the compulsory area stand a chance for direct entry into law school as well.

How many years do you have to study to be a lawyer?

Becoming a lawyer usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school—4 years of undergraduate study, followed by 3 years of law school. Most states and jurisdictions require lawyers to complete a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA)

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Going into law school is not entirely an easy one but with determination and you study hard you can achieve your goals. Remember nothing is impossible if you work hard.

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