How many years is law school?

How many years does it take to become a lawyer?

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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.)

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Aug 12, 2015
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Aug 11, 2015
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Aug 09, 2015
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by: Wally

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Aug 06, 2015
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Aug 06, 2015
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Most cases Law Course will take more than 5 years if you are undergraduate. If you are a graduate then it will be 3 years only. My self done five years law course and I think it is the best for aspiring lawyers.

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Apr 12, 2015
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never studied law, but had a run in with the law. I hired one of the best lawyers on the coast.my charges was manf. meth. this was 17 years ago. not saying i was not doing it , because i was. i was not making it . riding my 3 wheeler a half a mile from it ..thay arrested me. 100.000$ bond 10.000 cash to get out.. my lawyer wanted me to plea , serve jail time and go to a program called the r.e.e.d. this is a good deal ,he said.drop it to pos. over an oz. i told hem ill call you back. i have been arrested 2 times after that . 1 for manf. weed. and 1 for precursor. hay! i was thinking if im getting arrested for it ,when im not doing it, why not go and do it. try to get my 35.000$ back. i spent for nothing ... so anyway i did my home work,and seen that program was to give people a 2nd chance. they had no evidence at all .. i went in front of the judge ,he ask .you now what you pleading to and saying you are guilty? i told him no im not saying i did it im just saying saying i guilty.called me to him . i explained, he looked through my discovery papers for it seemed like for ever. he ask are you sure you want to plea .do you understand . he ask my lawyer did you go over this . i spoke up ond said yes i do i was on it and had some .. so may this is what i need. to make a long story short. i been charged with them 2 and after i got out of jail,will not touch a drug .. and been arrested 2 more times for4 that same thing .. to long to tell you.. sorry ...i pleaded guilty on the first 2 .. cause i did it.. but i went to r.e.e.d ,judge give me no time. and the other 2 got charges dropped ..and one of them the MBN said they got 3 things out of my car ..thay did not .. so i would like to be a lawyer to help people they arrest for nothing but having a bad record ,and take the lying pigs off the job . and let the real heroes do there job ..

Mar 31, 2015
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by: Michael Peter

Normally it takes 3 years to become a law graduate after a 4-years undergraduate program. If you are taking classes as part-time then it will require more time for degree completion.

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What do you mean by undergraduate in law?

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I have a master degree in health and I am retired, but I will like to go to law school to study environmental law, I am too f... old to be admitted? In other words, what are my chances as a senior citizen?

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I have a master degree in health and I am retired, but I will like to go to law school to study environmental law, I am too f... old to be admitted? In other words, what are my achances as a senior citizen?

Nov 05, 2014
to study law
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to study law it is 7(seven)years.

Oct 14, 2014
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can i know more about law in detail nd how many years to complete it starting salary till the end it will bhi how mucch can you plz tell me in detail about law .....

Oct 06, 2014
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Is it to late to start at age 35???

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Is it to late to start at age 35???

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May 10, 2014
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Im doing it and its not that bad..start with your associate and then go to a college that will take your credits do 2 years give or take and then on to law school. Thats what I did now im in my last year of school for law. It can be done I have twins and a teenage son and im doing it.

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Mar 13, 2014
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Ima junior in high-school I can't wait to graduate and get started

Mar 13, 2014
Class of 2015
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Ima junior in high-school I can't wait to graduate and get started

Jan 05, 2014
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May 16, 2013
Only a fool hires a fox to defend your chicken coop
by: CG

More evidence of the rampant corruption in the United States legal system. Anybody can represent themselves and should. You should not need to hire someone with 7 years of schooling and a degree to defend yourself. Any member of your family or your community that you trust should be allowed to defend you, or assist you in your own defense.

Most lawyers aren't worth squat when it comes to defense, because they take a defensive stand. You can't win a football game, or a war for that matter, by being purely defensive. You have to go on the offense.

So contrary to the cliche, a person who has himself as a lawyer is a fool... the reverse is actually true. The person that hires an office of the court (what every laywer is sworn to be) is the fool.

Would you hire one of the foxes to defend your chicken house? He hangs out with his fox buddies all day, and will only see you once to gladly take your money (the key to the chicken house). You'll find your money gone, and your chickens dead the next day (your ass in prison, so to speak). Its a pattern that's repeated over and over and over again in this corrupt country.

So what if he's an expert fox with 7 years of school of foxing, with the stamp of approval by the fox organization, and knows how foxes think far, far better than you do, and can tell you what you want to hear with a silver tongue. In the end, its always the same, your money disappears and so do your chickens.

No matter how bad a job you do defending yourself, you'll do way better than any lawyer.

Apr 22, 2013
4 years
by: Anonymous

Is it in the book of law to study for 4 years?

Feb 13, 2013
Bar Exam
by: Anonymous

Also can take longer if you do not pass the bar exam (offered twice per year).

Feb 13, 2013
American Bar Association
by: Anonymous

You need four years of undergrad because that is what the American Bar Association requires.

Jan 21, 2013
THE BAR TEST
by: Anonymous

Previous comments are true but it can take longer if you delay in taking the bar exam.

Sep 14, 2012
why 4 years
by: Anonymous

why need 4 years of undergraduate -sounds like big waste of time

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