Those who are interested in a law career may obtain employment as an attorney
or paralegal. Law is an area that interest many people. In fact, many will
admit to being addicted to reality shows that air live civil suits and television
sitcoms depicting a lawyer's life. Unfortunately, many who want a law career
only consider the financial aspect. Some decide on a career as a paralegal to avoid the high cost. However, there are downsides to being an
attorney that may outweigh the monetary compensation. These disadvantages include
grueling work schedules, defending notorious criminals, and low pay in the
Prior to entering law school to begin a law career, future attorneys must
have received a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university. These degrees
may be in a variety of subjects including English, history, political science,
or criminal justice. After completing their B.A., graduates must apply to law
school. Many have hopes of attending a top law school. However, entry into
one of these schools is very competitive. Those who have high goals of an Ivy
League school should maintain a high grade point average and have funds to
pay for an Ivy League education.
Many who want to become a lawyer begin their law training working as a clerk
or legal secretary. This is a perfect career move because the future attorney
will learn how to function in a law firm and become familiar with the daily
routine of an attorney. In some cases, those who became an attorney began their
career working as a paralegal. The duties of a paralegal include researching
information, preparing reports, and assisting attorney with casework.
Those who begin a law career as a paralegal can receive training in high school
or by attending a two or four-year college program. A paralegal's salary is
determined by their experience and knowledge. Thus, a paralegal who receives
a Bachelor's degree will be offered a considerably higher salary than a recent
high school graduate. Paralegals who have hopes of becoming an attorney should
consider obtaining a college degree.
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