How Paralegals Become Lawyers

It is not uncommon for a people to make the transition from paralegal to lawyer. After a few years they have become acquainted with the legal practices and terms and have a general understanding of what the lawyers job is and how to accomplish it. All that they need to do now is go back to school and finish their training.

There are some states that will allow you to skip the legal education courses and accept the time you have spent working and learning at a professional law firm. However, this is not accepted anywhere and you will find it much easier to get a job at a respectable firm if you go through a college that is accredited by the American Bar Association. Even so you still might be able to gain some credit from the time you spend working as a paralegal.

If you have only received your paralegal certification than you will need to go back to school for your bachelor’s degree. Most law schools will accept this degree – but before you are accepted you must first pass the LSAT. This is the Law School Admission Test. On this test you will be scored on comprehension, logic, and analytical skills.

Apply to the law school of your choice. You will have to give them your transcripts that you received from the paralegal training course, undergraduate education, LSAT scores, and three letters of recommendation from college professors or attorneys that you worked with. Most schools will also require a personal essay that explains why you wish to be a lawyer.

You will be in law school for three years. During that time you can keep your job as a paralegal and possibly earn extra credits. At the end of school you will apply for the admission to the state bar. You are not given the title ‘lawyer’ until you can pass the state bar exam.