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In order to be a licensed attorney, you must earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) after graduating from Texas A&M. Law school typically requires three years of study beyond the baccalaureate degree, about 90 semester credits.  During your first year of law school, every student takes similar courses across the country: contracts, torts, criminal procedure, civil procedure, legal research & writing, and property.  During years two and three, your law school will have additional requirements, such as constitutional law, but you will also be able to select a large portion of your classes.

After graduation, law students take a bar exam in the state where they plan to practice.  Once licensed, lawyers may practice in nearly any field of law without further education.  You do not need to determine exactly which type of lawyer you plan to be before law school. Instead, learn about the practice of law and whether that is appealing to you.

The best piece of advice to follow is to talk to a lawyer, followed by talking to another lawyer. Learn about the profession and how individuals came to it and wound up in their niche.  Remember, every lawyer went to law school and therefore knows a lot of lawyers in different practice areas. After getting a sense of the profession, dive into an internship in a court or law office to see if law is right for you.

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