To become a prosecutor, you must earn an undergraduate degree followed by three years of law school. After obtaining the necessary education, take and pass the state bar examination, and obtain a state license before looking for work in a law office as a prosecutor.
- Earn an undergraduate degree
Enroll and earn a four-year undergraduate degree in pre-law, criminal justice or a related field. Undertake elective coursework in prosecution topics.
- Take the LSAT exam
Apply for and take the LSAT examination before applying to law school. In some cases, you must apply up to one year before you plan to enroll.
- Locate an accredited law school
After receiving your LSAT scores, research law schools accredited by the American Bar Association.
- Apply to law school
Fill out an enrollment application for your selected law schools. Be prepared to provide college transcripts, LSAT scores, personal essays and letters of recommendation.
- Complete law school
Upon admittance, complete a three-year law school program. Enroll in coursework designed for prosecution attorneys.
- Locate an internship
To prepare for work as a prosecutor, obtain an internship at an attorney's office. In some cases, internships are part of the law school program.
- Take and pass the bar examination
After graduating from law school, register for your state's bar examination. The bar exam tests your theoretical knowledge and competency to practice law. Upon successfully passing the bar, you qualify for state licensure.
- Apply for state license
To legally work as a prosecutor, you must obtain a state license. License requirements vary by state. Be prepared to complete an application and provide supporting documents, such as bar exam results and college transcripts.
- Obtain work in a prosecuting attorney's office
Upon gaining your state license, apply for work in a prosecuting attorney's office.