I'm currently an undergrad student who will be applying for Law School in the fall (2020). I am aware that Law school is a very rigorous task to complete, so I decided I wanted to get familiar with the basic information to prepare myself. Also, should I attempted to reach out to local Criminal Defense Law Firms and ask if I can assist in any way (Filing papers, making phone calls etc) to possibly gain experience or knowledge? My goal is to practice Criminal Law and eventually become criminal defense Lawyer. Any tips/information will be extremely helpful. I do understand that everyone is busy and may not have time to respond to me, but if you can spare a couple minutes of your time I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you all, and please stay safe.
Most law schools would certainly look at your application favorably if you have any type of experience in a law firm. Feel free to reach out to different local practitioners and inquire. Don’t be discouraged if some say they don’t have time, most attorneys are very busy. Best of luck
Government. Politics. Law does not exist outside its role in society yet many attorneys see themselves as part of their field or practice. Also business for the same perspective.
Study what you enjoy at college. You can major in anything and get into law school. A lawyer friend of mine majored in percussion. Your GPA is important to law school admissions, and you will likely do better if you enjoy your classes.
It is important that you learn him to be a student. Library time, late night studies, the ability to research, making it to classes. It is a job and it isn’t a grand time. It takes practice.
Most criminal defense lawyers will talk to you, some might let you tag along. There isn’t a whole lot you’d be able to do, but some if you are up for slave labor. It might be a way to see if your career choice is a good idea. Criminal defense isn’t for everyone. It was Darrow who pointed out that to be an effective defense lawyer means you must be prepared to be a hated and isolated lonely person, because few love the attorney for the damned. It isn’t like that all the time, but often enough.
There are huge upsides if you are the right person.
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Get ready to take the LSAT. They are not alike. Take a LSAT prep course that actually is licensed to use previous questions. Those prep courses that make up their own questions are not the same. I endorse TestMasters. I'm not tied to TestMasters in any such way, but they helped me more than 20 years ago. Once you are in law school then I would suggest taking Flemmings exam prep course. Good luck.
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I agree with Mr. Devereux. The LSAT is considered to be the best predictor of success in any field of law. Critical thinking and communication are possibly the most valuable skills in any field of law. Creativity, too. Especially in criminal defense. Don't worry too much right now about how to alphabetize files or answer phones.
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