It typically taxes around 7 years of full-time coursework following high school to become a lawyer, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. This includes 4 years of study as an undergraduate followed by 3 years in law school. In most states, an American Bar Association juris doctorate, or JD, degree is required to practice law.
Most ABA-accredited law schools require that the law school student first obtains a bachelor's degree, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Coursework in math, economics, history, English and government are helpful to the aspiring law student. In addition, most schools require that applicants test favorably on the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT.