Three Big Steps to Become a Lawyer

Becoming a lawyer in the United States is a long process. While each state has its own rules for becoming a lawyer, there are a few big steps that every state agrees must be completed to do so: going to college, going to law school, and passing the Bar Exam.

1. Go to College

Before you can go to law school, you must go to college. Your undergraduate GPA is one of the most important factors that law schools will consider when you apply for admission, so you should do your best throughout your college career if you hope to go to law school. Law schools don’t require you to major in a particular subject while at college, but some common majors for those planning to attend law school include justice studies, political science, and English. Your college may also offer a pre-law specialization, which can help prepare you for law school.

2. Go to Law School

After college, you will have to go to law school. Law school offers a three-year course of study in the law. But just as you had to take the ACT or SAT to get into college, you must take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) to get into a law school. Some law schools have started accepting GRE test scores, but most still require an LSAT score. You should be sure to set aside plenty of time to study for the LSAT, because that’s another of the most important factors law schools will be looking at. At the very least, you should purchase an LSAT study guide, but you may also want to go one step further and take an LSAT prep course.

When you’re choosing which law schools to apply to, pay attention to three statistics that they will provide: the median undergraduate GPA and median LSAT score of their entering class and historical Bar passage rates. Those GPA and LSAT statistics will give you an idea of how you compare to the students that the school admits. Historical Bar passage rates will give you an idea of how well the law school prepares its students to pass the Bar. Surprisingly, not every law school does a good job at that, so do your research. Law school rankings are also important, but keep in mind that they are national rankings. Low-ranked schools may still prepare you to pass the Bar, and they may enjoy a better reputation regionally than they do nationally.

3. Pass the Bar

Even graduating from law school doesn’t make you a lawyer. After four years of college and three years of law school, you will finally be able to take the Bar Exam. The Bar Exam is a multi-part test that you will take over two or three days. It can include questions from any field of law, so you should prepare for it by taking a Bar review course. These courses will help refresh your memory about what you learned during law school, and you take them after graduating from law school but before taking the Bar.

None of the above steps is easy, and from start to finish, we’re talking about more than seven years of your life. So, choosing to become a lawyer isn’t a decision you should make lightly. Weigh these three steps carefully when thinking about your career options.

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Seeking Legal Support: Assault and Battery

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Assault and battery are two serious crimes that a person can be arrested and charged with. Both assault and battery are considered to be violent criminal crimes. Often you will hear that a person has been charged with assault and battery. Yet there is a difference between the two and there are important distinctions to be aware of. A person can be charged with assault and not always battery depending on what has occurred.

Intent

The key aspect of both assault and battery is intent. In both instances the person committing the crime has to have intent to cause harm, either doing so or not.

Assault

A person arrested and charged with assault means that they have threatened violence on another person. This threat of violence has to be accompanied by the physical ability for the person to do so, for example the person is in possession of a weapon or shows that they have the physical means to carry out the threat. Assault can sometimes be referred to as attempted battery.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is a term used in some jurisdictions that means a stronger form of assault occurred. A person is charged with aggravated assault when they have attempted to cause bodily harm to another person. This can be done by using a deadly weapon to cause injury to a person, driving recklessly and causing harm to a person or causing bodily harm to a person from kidnapping. A person can also be charged with aggregated assault if they cause harm to a police officer.

Battery

If someone is charged with battery then it means that they have carried out physical harm on another person. Battery needs to cover three key aspects:

• The person intentionally touched another person
• The touching was harmful and deemed offensive by the other person
• The victim of the touching did not give consent

A person can be charged with only committing battery and not assault if the victim did not have prior knowledge that the bodily harm was about to occur.

Aggravated Battery

Aggravated battery is seen as a serious offense where the victim suffers permanent injuries. Aggravated battery is where a person has caused intentional bodily harm of another person causing serious life changing injuries.

Assault and Battery

A person arrested and charged with assault and battery first threatened violence on another person and then carried out a violent act causing bodily harm.…

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