24 Jan Training and Advancement for Lawyers
Abraham Lincoln University School of Law is an online distance learning law school offering a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree program and preparation for the California State Bar Exam.
For those interested students, we are happy to provide information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics research about the law profession, which can help you make a decision about whether or not to pursue a law degree and a career as a lawyer. Read on below to learn about training and advancement for lawyers.
Education and Training
To become an attorney in the United States generally requires seven years of full-time study after high school—four years obtaining a bachelor’s degree, and three more for the Juris Doctor (J.D.). These are not hard and fast rules—people may obtain a bachelor’s in a shorter amount of time, and many law students work while studying and complete their studies in four years instead of three.
There is no recommended pre-law track, as there is with other pre-professional programs (like pre-med studies). ABA approved schools require the LSAT exam to attend law school; other institutions, like Abraham Lincoln University, do not require the exam.
Initial law school studies focus on core courses: constitutional law, contracts, property law, torts, civil procedure, legal writing. After this point, many students choose to focus in specialized areas leaning towards the areas of law they’d prefer to practice in upon graduation. The schooling prepares students for the bar exam they will be taking to become licensed as an attorney.
An attorney must be licensed (in the legal parlance, admitted to the bar) in the state of jurisdiction in order to practice law in court. This requires a bar examination in the state in order to be admitted; students at Abraham Lincoln University may sit for the California State Bar Exam.
Practicing law is a profession that requires a great amount of responsibility alongside a number of critical skills. According to the BLS, perseverance, creativity and reasoning ability are essential qualities an attorney should possess, along with the ability to think quickly and speak with authority.
Advancement within the Field
Generally, attorneys begin their careers in salaried positions, working as associates and working with more experienced lawyers and judges. From there, paths generally lead to partnership within firms or going into practice on their own.
The path through education and advancement for the legal profession is something that aspiring law students should take into account. For more information about the education necessary to becoming a lawyer at Abraham Lincoln University, learn about our online law school program or call Admissions at (866) 558-0999.