Lawyers

Education

Becoming a lawyer usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school—4 years of undergraduate study, followed by 3 years of law school. Most states and jurisdictions require lawyers to complete a juris doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). ABA accreditation signifies that the law school—particularly its curricula and faculty—meets certain standards.

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Law - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $20,803.00 per year

Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $27,066.00 per year

Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $25,100.00 per year

Programs for Foreign Lawyers - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $26,116.00 per year

Tax Law/Taxation - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $29,175.00 per year

International Law and Legal Studies - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $35,196.00 per year

American/US Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $24,293.00 per year

Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $32,384.00 per year

Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $29,544.00 per year

Health Law - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $25,492.00 per year

International Business, Trade, and Tax Law - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $29,865.00 per year

Intellectual Property Law - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $28,526.00 per year

Comparative Law - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $22,078.00 per year

Military Training

Job training consists of classroom instruction. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Training length varies depending on specialty. Course content typically includes:

  • Military trial procedures
  • Application of the Uniform Code of Military Justice
  • Methods of obtaining evidence
  • Court-martial advocacy techniques

Certifications or Licenses

Prospective lawyers take licensing exams called "bar exams. " When a lawyer receives their license to practice law, they are "admitted to the bar. " To practice law in any state, a person must be...

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General Qualifications

Analytical skills. Lawyers help their clients resolve problems and issues. As a result, they must be able to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable...

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Knowledge

  • Law and Government
  • English Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Administration and Management
  • Personnel and Human Resources

Most Common Education Levels

The level of education attained by people currently working in this career.

Most Common Education

Schools with the Highest Enrollment for Featured Major

Schools with the Highest Enrollment for Featured Major
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School
Number of Students
Liberty University
108,806
Kaplan University-Davenport Ca...
81,909
Florida International University
65,128
University of Minnesota-Twin C...
64,579
Ohio State University-Main Campus
62,715
Texas A & M University-College...
62,377
New York University
57,015
University of Florida
57,003
The University of Texas at Austin
56,056
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
54,344
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