Becoming a Lawyer
The career I have chosen is to become a lawyer, in either a private practice or firm, or for the government. The definition of a lawyer is an advocate or advisor in society, that is as an advocate, to represent one of the opposing parties in a criminal or civil trial, and as an advisor to counsel clients as to their legal rights and suggest courses of action. But that is not all a lawyer is about. Being a lawyer takes hard work, dedication, and many years in school.
Before you become a lawyer, there are many educational hills you must climb. First of all, like in most jobs, you must have a high school diploma. Then there's college. You must attend a four year college, although you may graduate in three, were as you would have to go to night school. But you're not out of the water yet. Law school is next on the agenda, which you must attend for three years. Some specific courses you may want to take to prepare for all of this include English, foreign languages, public speaking, government, philosophy, history, economics, math, and computer sciences. Now, although no "prelaw" major is required, the choice of the undergraduate program is very important. Other skills you will simply learn throughout high school and college, such as proficiency in writing, reading and analyzing, thinking logically, and communicating verbally.
The chance of becoming a lawyer or the availability of the job is good, although not all lawyers are good ones. There were 656,000 lawyers in 1994, and three fourths of them, that's 75%, were all in private firms. The salary of a lawyer depends on a few factors. One, whether or not you work privately or in a large firm plays a big role. For example, most private lawyers start off around $37,000 a year, but in some large firms, starting salaries got as high as $80,000 per year. The top salaries are...