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It is a well-known story that a guy decided to enroll in law school “because he couldn’t stand the sight of blood.” However, most people do not attend law school because they didn’t feel like going to medical school, but because of the advantages a law degree can offer.

Almost anyone, from artists to engineers, can benefit from a law degree, and it can be an extra feather in their cap when it comes to applying for work or to promoting or advancing their current skills. Others pursue various types of lawyering part-time while engaged in other professions such as teaching or the arts.

Going to law school is great for someone who wants something to fall back on, but those who succeed in law school are often those who have a true passion for the subject. Although half-hearted law students might pass the bar, the rigors involved in law school, especially in the first year, usually allow the most sincere students to thrive.

Those seeking admission to law school must have completed or must be in the process of completing an undergraduate degree and should take the LSAT, which is required for all law schools that are approved by the American Bar Association. Sometimes there is an application fee of around $100.

Many students balk at this, but this is typical for the more competitive schools who want to keep their application pool down to only those who are the most dedicated to attending their school. Many law schools have an interview process while many others do not, because they feel it is unfair to out of state or international students who are unable to travel to their campuses for an interview.

Many colleges and universities offer Pre-law courses, but it is not necessary to major in  Pre-Law to be admitted to a good Law School. Admissions people at Law schools are looking for well-rounded students with good grades in a variety of subject areas.

Volunteer programs and internship, especially if they are related to the legal field, help a student gain acceptance. Many admissions workers at law schools say they want to see applications from people who pursue many activities rather than those who just sit in the library all day. However, the better your grades are, the better your chances of being accepted at most law schools.

Your major can be something that meshes well with the legal profession, such as political science, or your major as an undergrad can have nothing to do with law; many drama majors have gone on to become successful lawyers.

The first year of law school has the well-deserved reputation of being demanding. Many law students describe it as “intellectual basic training”. There is quite a bit of reading in addition to time spent in classes.

Most law schools employ the “case study method” when educating first year law students. This involves looking at actual legal cases and going through the entire procedure until the verdict or the solution is reached.

This is an in-depth and effective way to gain knowledge about the legal profession, and is almost like following a case as it is happening. Many first year law students deal with scores of such cases, and become experts at this method by the end of the year.

An examination is usually given at the completion of the first year, and the third and final year is dedicated to preparing for the bar exam. The second year of law school, therefore, is usually much less stressful than the first and the third years, and is usually spent taking core courses on lawyering as well as electives.

Summers are spent on internships in the legal field to build one’s resume and familiarity with the legal profession. Those who want to take the challenge of attending law school while working can complete a law school degree in 6 years rather than three by taking night classes.

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