A lawyer is someone who can help you handle a dispute or problem that you have not been able to resolve on your own. A lawyer thinks critically about a situation and provides legal advice to the person they are representing. Since the law is always changing and is complex, it is best to hire someone who is experienced in the field you need. For example, there are lawyers that practice in criminal, employment, environmental, corporate, family, real estate, and the list goes on.
To become a lawyer, a person must have
- An undergraduate degree from a school that meets the minimum requirements of the American Bar Association (ABA);
- Graduated from an ABA approved law school;
- Passed the state’s bar examination which is a comprehensive test of questions on a variety of subjects.
Once a person passes the bar and becomes licensed by the state he or she is practicing in, they must continue to take continuing legal education courses. Since the law is always changing, these classes provide lawyers with the most up to date information on different areas of the law.