What Bachelor's Degree Do You Need to Become a Lawyer?

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The path to becoming an attorney requires aspirants to spend many years in study. Before you can even get into law school, you must first get a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. However, you don't have to major in any particular field to get into law school, nor do you need a specific kind of bachelor's degree.

Undergradute Degree

  • Law schools generally require that all applicants must have a bachelor's degree, also known as a baccalaureate degree. Most undergraduate students graduate with either a Bachelor of Arts degree, or BA, or a Bachelor of Science degree, or BS. As long as an applicant has an undergraduate degree and takes the law school admissions test, or LSAT, she can apply to law school.

Major

  • While you have to have an bachelor's degree to get into law school, you do not have to major in any particular field. According to thehe American Bar Association, you can get into law school with any bachelor's degree and can major in anything. While many people going to law school major in subjects such as political science, pre-law or other fields, lawyers come from backgrounds as diverse as art, science, engineering and education.

Skills

  • While there is no specific degree or field of study required to get into law school or become an attorney, lawyers must have certain skills that may make some majors more desirable than others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, attorneys need skills that include writing, logical thinking, research and analytical abilities. Any field of study that instills these skills is a good choice for someone hoping to become an attorney.

Law Degree

  • While getting into law school and graduating is an achievement, doing so does not make you an attorney. To practice law, you have to also take the bar examination in the state where you want to work. Once you pass the bar and get sworn in as a lawyer, you can then practice law and work as an attorney.

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