What Subjects Do I Need to Be a Lawyer?


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Some required courses that students in Juris Doctor (JD) programs at law schools take include civil procedures, tax law, legal research and writing, constitutional law, property law, criminal law, torts, contracts and professional responsibility. The other required courses will differ based on the specialization the student chooses, such as business law, tax law or intellectual property law.

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Before entering law school, students usually need to earn undergraduate degrees, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that undergraduates may want to take some courses in math, English, government, economics, public speaking and history to prepare for law school admission. After completing their undergraduate programs, students usually have to pass the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) before they can apply for law school.

Although law school curricula vary, students usually take their required core courses, such as contracts and civil procedures, during the first year and later take courses related to their specialization. If no specialization is chosen, they may take electives in law subjects that interest them.

Throughout the program, it's common for students to complete large writing assignments, do fieldwork, perform research and sometimes teach classes as adjunct faculty. Graduates need to seek state licensure by passing the bar exam and meeting specific state requirements.

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