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Step-by-step guide to becoming a lawyer

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Although there are several paths to becoming a lawyer, there are 5 general steps that must be completed to become a lawyer.

American comedian Will Rogers once said that “the moment you read something you can’t understand, you can be sure it was written by a lawyer.” Will Rogers might be surprised how long it takes to develop the skills necessary to write in a way that only confuses people.

There are many different paths to becoming a lawyer, but they all tend to be long and uphill. Let’s explore some of these paths by looking at the top 5 steps to becoming a lawyer.

Step 1: Get a college degree

Law schools want whole students. Therefore, most law schools do not require you to study a particular subject (such as pre-law) as a student. In fact, there is some evidence that law schools prefer students who specialize in areas other than pre-law.

That said, attorneys interested in becoming intellectual property attorneys should seriously consider developing technical training (for example, specializing in engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, or computer science).

While law schools do not require you to study a particular subject, the vast majority of law schools require you to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

There is at least 1 ABA-approved law school (Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley School of Law) that will admit “exceptional students” who have not earned a bachelor’s degree. However, the school cautions that many state bar associations will not allow a student without a bachelor’s degree to take the bar exam.

Step 2: Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

The LSAT is a standardized test administered several times a year by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) at testing centers across the country.

All law schools require you to take the LSAT for admission. Law schools generally put a lot of emphasis on your LSAT score. For that reason, it is imperative that you take the LSAT seriously. Most admissions counselors recommend studying for at least 3 months.

You can enter your GPA and LSAT score into the LSAC Calculator to predict your probability of admission to each ABA-approved law school.

Step 3: Apply to law schools

Based in part on your LSAT score and GPA, you will need to decide and apply to law school.

There are a number of considerations that go into choosing which law schools to apply to, including:

  • Your GPA and LSAT score
  • Cost of attendance
  • School location
  • Bar passage rates
  • Employment rates
  • School specializations (including clinics offered by the school)
  • Faculty
  • Accreditation

When applying to law school, most law schools will require the following information: 

  • Application form.
  • Application fee
  • Personal statement
  • 1 to 3 letters of recommendation
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • LSAT score

Tip: Most states require a degree from an ABA-accredited law school to take the bar and practice law (only taking the bar exam in Virginia, California and Vermont do not have this requirement). What’s more, graduates of unaccredited law schools have lower bar pass rates, lower starting salaries, and lower employment on average.

Step 4: Graduate from law school

Under the ABA Rules , a law student must complete no less than 83 credit hours to graduate from an ABA-approved law school. At least 64 of these credit hours must be in courses that require attendance at regularly scheduled class sessions or direct instruction from faculty.

Additionally, these 83 credit hours must be completed no earlier than 24 months and, except in extraordinary circumstances, no later than 84 months after the student has started law school. Consequently, it will take law students between 2-7 years to earn their JD (with most students completing law school in 3 years).

Step 5: Pass the bar exam

Before you can practice law, you must pass the bar exam for the state in which you want to practice.

So what is the bar exam?

The bar exam is administered through the Bar Examiners Board of the state in which you are applying.

Although the test may vary from state to state, the most common test setup consists of a 2-day bar exam that involves the following components:

  • Multi-State Bar Exam (MBE). A 6-hour, 200-question, multiple-choice exam covering civil proceedings, contracts, lawsuits, constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, evidence, and real estate.
  • Multi-State Essay Exam (MEE). It consists of 6 essay questions covering business associations, civil proceedings, conflict of laws, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law and procedure, family law, real estate, secured transactions, lawsuits and estates and trusts.
  • State specific tests. Some states include additional state-specific essays or multiple-choice questions.
  • Multi-State Performance Test (MPT). It consists of two 90 minute skills questions that require: fact analysis, legal analysis and reasoning, problem solving, identification and resolution of ethical dilemmas, written communication, and organization and management of a legal task.
  • Multi-State Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). A multiple-choice test on ethics. 

In addition, you must complete an extensive application and investigation of character and physical condition.

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Ghanaian rapper Medikal remanded in prison custody for 5 day

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Ghanaian rapper Medikal has been ordered by an Accra Court to be remanded in prison custody for 5 days. (more…)

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Photos and Videos from Sika Osei’s stunning Ghana/Naija traditional wedding

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Ghanaian actress and TV presenter, Sika Osei on Thursday, October 21 2021 tied the knot in Accra with her Nigerian fiancé in a beautiful traditional wedding ceremony. (more…)

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Showmax Premiers Ghana Jollof

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Ladies and gentlemen, lunch is served!

Showmax premiers its first comedy-drama series in West Africa, Ghana Jollof, which premieres on the African streaming service on Friday, 22 October 2021.

Ghana Jollof tells the sizzling story of two young Nigerians, Jasper (Funnybone) and Romanus (Akah Nnani), who move to Ghana in search of greener pastures.

In the trailer, things start up with a first-time meeting between Nnamdi (Uzor Arukwe, who starred as dreaded crime boss Knight in Sugar Rush), Jasper (AMVCA-winning actor/comedian Funnybone), Kweku (heartthrob James Gardiner from Ghana’s popular telenovela Dede) and Romanus (AMAA nominee/Youtuber Akah Nnani). Subsequently, Jasper and Romanus head out to Ghana to jollof, kicking off a series of adventures… and misadventures.

Executive produced by Nigeria’s King of Comedy, Basketmouth, Ghana Jollof serves up a delicious ensemble cast from both Nigeria and Ghana. This includes the likes of AMAA nominee Joselyn Dumas, leading comedienne Jacinta Ocansey, Mawuli Gavor (Chief Daddy), popular reality star Portia Freelove, model and actress Brihanna Kinte, veteran actor Jackson Albert Davies (Beasts of No Nation), actress Korkor Oyeba Mensah, and multiple award-winning comedian/actor, Kalybos, not to mention Basketmouth himself.

“I’ve always wanted to create something that would be a collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana, and Ghana Jollof is a realization of that dream,” says Basketmouth. “From the cast to the crew, everyone gave of themselves to create a show deserving to be Showmax’s first comedy-drama from West Africa. We all can’t wait for the fans to see what we’ve cooked up.”

Ghana Jollof is directed by AMVCA nominee Diji Aderogba, whose debut feature film About A Boy won the Audience Choice Award at Nollywood Film Week in Paris, France.

Ghana Jollof will be available for streaming across Africa and in the UK. The show will have 13 episodes to devour, with new episodes dropping every Friday from 22 October 2021.

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You asked for the country to be fixed and it is being fixed- Prince David Osei reacts to Shatta/Medikal arrests

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Ghanaian actor Prince David Osei has opined that the current arrests of Shatta Wale and Medikal are true examples of the country being fixed.

Earlier on in the year, there were several social media protests led by Efia Odo and others asking the government of the day to fix the country.

While the protest has gone silent over the last couple months, the current actions by the new IGP has Prince David Osei agreeing that indeed the system was being fixed.

On Tuesday and Thursday night, Shatta Wale and Medikal were both arrested by the Police for committing various crimes.

Reacting to their arrests, Prince David Osei, who is a staunch member of the NPP, on Thursday evening shared on his Instagram stating that Ghanaians asked for the country to be fixed and that’s exactly what they’re getting.

“Did I hear someone say fix the country? Well the power that be heard your plea and is fixing the country. Ghana will prosper. Good night,” he shared.

He added; “In a country where the law works, the people prosper. 24/7 the system is working.”

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Medikal arrested for flaunting gun on social media

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Rapper, Medikal has been arrested for brandishing a gun in a video on social media.

Medikal was with his wife, Fella Makafui, at the Accra Regional Police Command charge office.

He was brought to the station by police and is currently in police custody.

One of the lawyers who represented Shatta Wale, Jerry Avenogbor, was sighted at the police command but it remains unclear if he is going to represent Medikal in this case.

This comes a few hours after dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, and four other people were remanded into police custody following an alleged gun attack that turned out to be a hoax.

They were remanded by an Accra Circuit Court on Thursday, October 21, 2021, during their first appearance in court.

Medikal was at the court premises to offer support to Shatta Wale.

Shatta Wale was picked up by the police for spreading false news about an assassination attempt at his residence in Accra on October 19, 2021.

 

Source: Citinews

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Watch: Medikal reportedly arrested for brandishing a gun in a video on social media

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According to a CITI TV report, Ghanaian rapper, Samuel Adu Frimpong, aka Medikal, has been arrested for brandishing a gun in a video on social media. (more…)

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