Many people apply to law schools each year. Those who are accepted by law
schools pay high tuition and fees in order to get a law degree. Law school
graduates get many high paying career options in return for the big investment
that they have made in their future. Holders of law degrees can become private
practice lawyers, government lawyers, and enter political
A law degree is a good preparation for a legal career. A
law degree helps prepare a student to take a state bar examination and
ultimately become licensed to practice law. Although many people enter legal
careers without obtaining a law degree, the most prominent and highest paying
legal careers are not open to individuals who have not obtained a law
Lawyers who have obtained a law degree and have passed the
bar exam have many legal career opportunities available to them. Lawyers in
private practice defend clients in court. Every case that is brought before a
court of law has a defendant, and each defendant needs a good defense attorney.
A defense attorney makes sure that his client’s legal rights are protected in a
Lawyers can also specialize in corporate law. Corporate
lawyers defend a company against legal charges that are brought by an
individual, another organization, or the government. Corporate lawyers also
prosecute cases where one company sues another company. Lawyers can specialize
in tax law as well. Tax lawyers protect a company or an individual in cases
brought by the Internal Revenue Service.
People with law degrees
can assume managerial roles in law firms. Lawyers manage other lawyers and legal
staff in a small or large law office. Lawyers can become partners in a law firm
and they then can become part owners of a law firm.
A law degree is
also a good preparation for people who want to pursue a government legal career.
Federal, state, and local governments and their agencies all need lawyers to
defend them against lawsuits. Prosecuting attorneys are also employed by
government agencies to bring cases against individuals who have committed
Many politicians have law degrees. Although a legal
education is not required to serve in a political office, people with law
degrees have a better understanding of many of the legal issues that government
agencies face. Most judges have law degrees, and judges with a legal education
are better prepared to effectively conduct court cases.
degree is important for anyone who wants to teach law to future lawyers. Many
lawyers enjoy teaching law, because it gives them a chance to serve their
community and their profession. Law school professors are able to stay informed
about developments in many different fields of law. Lawyers who specialize in a
narrow legal field often lose track of legal developments in other legal
Students in law school work hard to earn a law degree and
in return they get a certain amount of career security. Many law school
graduates find interesting jobs with a high level of job satisfaction. Most law
school graduates would admit that a law degree is worth all of the time and
expense that is required to earn it.
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