State By State Requirements to Become a Lawyer

Steps to Become a Lawyer/Attorney

The following pages will present you with the steps necessary to become a lawyer in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in the Canadian provinces and territories. The compulsory education, entrance and licensing examinations, and other factors needed to qualify to maintain lawyer licensure are all explained here. 

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Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Canada

Education and Examinations Steps Necessary To Become a Lawyer/Attorney

Today more than ever before, lawyers are needed in a variety of specialties that have arisen due to recent changes in technology, foreign and domestic policy, and health care. More and more lawyers are opting to receive specialized training to become immigration lawyers, intellectual property specialists, health care lawyers, and labor and employment specialists. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that job opportunities for lawyers across the United States will increase by 10 percent by the year 2020. Although the median annual pay for lawyers nationwide in 2010 was $112,760, this comfortable salary does not come easily. Becoming a lawyer in any state means years of undergraduate and graduate education, as well as passing some of the most difficult examinations required of any profession.

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