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How to Become a Lawyer Without a Law Degree



This story originally appeared on Business Insider.


A small percentage of the thousands of people who take the state bar exam each year to practice law don't have a law degree and haven't been to law school, The New York Times said Wednesday. pointed out in the article.


These lucky few are aiming for law school instead of his expensive J.D.


Vocational training, offered only as an elective in some federal states, is called law firm study, and the participants are called law readers. Those who choose to study at law firms can avoid the debt burden of their colleagues who pay law school tuition to earn a law degree, reports The Times. Also, as a member of a law firm, working in the courtroom and working with clients, rather than studying in a classroom, will give you valuable experience. This story originally appeared on Business Insider.


A small percentage of the thousands of people who take the state bar exam each year to practice law don't have a law degree and haven't been to law school, The New York Times said Wednesday. pointed out in the article.


These lucky few are aiming for law school instead of her expensive J.D.


Vocational training, offered only as an elective in some federal states, is called law firm study, and the participants are called law readers. Those who choose to study at law firms can avoid the debt burden of their colleagues who pay law school fees to earn a law degree, reports The Times.

As a member of a law firm, you can also work in the courtroom and gain valuable experience working with clients rather than studying in the classroom.


But the few who choose this alternative face their own challenges, such as finding supervisors to guide them and competing with the law graduates who place their students for the top jobs. are also facing


Legal studies are still very rare. Of her 83,986 who passed state and multi-state bar exams last year, law firm readers were only 60, according to the New York Times. They are also less likely to pass these exams. According to The Times, only 28% of readers at a handful of law firms passed the bar exam in the past year, compared with 78% of students who attended an American Bar Association-approved law school. was.


In the states of Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and California, an aspiring attorney must receive legal training under the guidance of a mentor and undergo practical training in lieu of her three years of law at university. I can. New York, Maine, and Wyoming require education to be combined with law school.


Below are the general rules established for these apprenticeships, according to his LikeLincoln blog for the Center for Sustainable Economic Law. California law firm. Study is 18 hours per week, requires 5 hours of direct supervision, and requires monthly exams and semi-annual progress reports submitted to the California Bar Association.


Vermont


Four years of legal practice under the supervision of an attorney with a minimum of three years' experience.


Virginia


Law firm where she studied for three years. A year consists of at least 40 weeks and you study at least 25 hours per week. At least 18 hours per week must be performed in a supervising law firm who must provide personal support to the legal secretary at least 3 hours per week.


A supervising attorney must have at least one year of her experience and the trainee must not be employed by or remunerated by a supervisor.


Washington


Here a supervising attorney trainee must have been employed by a law firm for 4 years and have a minimum of 30 hours of work/study time and 3 hours of direct supervision per week.

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