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How should I go about obtaining a law degree and/or working within the legal field once I complete legal education?

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David Douglas Austin, TX

My current job is a position I've taken in order to pay the bills. My goal is to become an attorney, albeit a bit later in life than most (if I get in within 2 years I'll be 35 upon graduation). I'd like to know what paths I should take to boost my resume during applications to Law Schools, as well as other jobs/opportunities I could pursue in order to obtain legal training prior to law school attendance.

21 January 2020 2 replies Career Exploration

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FRANCIS TEPEDINO, ESQ. San Diego, CA

I am not certain I understand your concerns. Do you have a college degree, and if so in what field/major? Take the LSAT. If you do well, seriously consider Law School. If not try again, and if you still do not do well, consider another profession. I went to Law School late in life. What it takes is an almost "religious commitment" to study and work harder than you have anytime in your life.. Are you actually ready for such? If so "mount up" and go for it. The Law offers such a broad spectrum of opportunities for careers that, in my opinion, what you did prior to Law School, has only some minor bearing on getting in, or your success during or after Law School. Your college grades, your LSAT and some recommendations from noteworthy people are, to me, the KEY.

I am on the Board at the University of San Diego, School of Law. Contact me if I can help in some way.

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Katelyn Ramp New York, NY

David,

Thank you for reaching out and congrats on your journey to becoming an attorney - a very admirable field!

I am not sure if you have looked into our "Community" tab yet but this could be a great start to your answer. Specifically, you can explore our network via industry, location and years of experience.

As well, I would also look into these two great articles, that give great responses to your question:

1) Ways to Get Legal Experience and Land a Job, the balance - https://www.thebalancecareers.com/gain-legal-work-experience-2164442
2) Why Work Experience Matters for Law School Applicants, US News - https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/law-admissions-lowdown/articles/2018-05-21/why-work-experience-matters-for-law-school-applicants

I hope this helps and please feel free to reach out, if you have any questions.

Kate,

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