How many years is law school?
How many years does it take to become a lawyer?
Become a Lawyer Answer:
To become a lawyer, a candidate must first have obtained an undergraduate degree. Most people obtain an undergraduate degree in four years (some take even more time, while others take less time).
Once a law school candidate goes through the testing, application process, and is accepted at a law school, most students will graduate from law school and obtain their Juris Doctorate within three years.
There are however some exceptions. Some students choose to work during the day and take law school classes at night. Most law schools have such a program usually referred to as "night school" or "evening classes". Some law schools however do not offer an evening program. Students involved in the evening program will generally complete their studies and obtain their juris doctorate within four years. This may differ depending on the student and requirements of their day work, and each school has a different rule regarding the maximum number of years a law student may be enrolled in the school.
For example, one of my law school classmates was a police officer and his schedule would change often which meant he could not commit to many classes. I believe it took him 5-6 years to obtain his degree and graduate from law school.
Assuming you are the average law student and complete your studies within three years, the summer after your graduation will be spent studying for the bar exam (usually offered in most states at the end of July). Depending on the state where you take your bar exam, you will have to wait for another couple of months until you find out whether or not you passed the bar exam.
Assuming you do pass the bar exam, you are not quite a lawyer yet. Most states will require you to be sworn in at a ceremony a month or so after you receive notice of passing the bar exam.
Thus the time period for becoming a lawyer after high school graduation is as follows: 4 years for undergrad + 3 years of law school + 6 months for bar study, passing, swearing in. (Once you are sworn in you are officially a lawyer in that state.)