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What are the professional requirements for becoming a lawyer?

Lawyers must go through special schooling. Before being allowed to practice law in most states, a person usually must:

  • have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent;
  • complete three years at an accredited law school;
  • pass a state bar examination, which usually lasts for two or three days; it tests knowledge in selected areas of law and in professional ethics and responsibility;
  • pass a character and fitness review; each applicant for a law license must be approved by a committee that investigates his or her character and background;
  • take an oath swearing to uphold the laws and the state and federal constitutions;
  • receive a license from the state supreme court; some states have additional requirements, such as internship in a law office, before a license will be granted.

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