Are you interested in becoming a lawyer and helping clients with their legal needs? Practicing law is a rewarding profession, but before you can join a practice or open your own firm, there are several steps you need to take to get the right education and experience. Here is an overview of the process.

What Is Business Law?

Simply put, business law covers all of the laws that determine how a business should be formed and run. If you are studying to earn a business degree or a graduate degree in a related field, you may end up taking a class on business law.

In the legal field, a lawyer that focuses on business law helps business owners stay compliant with industry rules and regulations. Large businesses may always turn to a business attorney whenever they need a contract, or whenever the company initiates an acquisition or a merger, as well as many other situations.

Is a Business Law Degree Enough for Me to Be a Lawyer?

If you have an undergraduate business law degree, it makes for an excellent platform for you to start the process of becoming an attorney. However, most states require attorneys to have a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, which is obtained by attending law school. The classes you’ve taken as an undergraduate business law student can help you prepare for some of what you will learn in law school. You will also need to pass the American Bar Association bar exam after graduation in order to begin practicing law.

How Should I Prepare to Enter Law School?

If your goal is to become a lawyer, it may be a good idea to start working on it while you are still attending school. Activities such as participating in student debate groups, applying for internships, and taking classes that are related to the field of law you are interested in may all help you prepare for law school. But, most importantly, pay attention to your GPA, as each law school may have a different GPA requirement for admission.

The path to becoming a lawyer requires hard work and dedication, and there is no way to fast-track the process. In the United States, it usually takes someone seven years to become a lawyer. That includes four years of undergraduate studies, three years in law school, and many important exams along the way, not to mention the ABA bar exam. Your timeline is also affected by whether you decide to attend law school full-time or part-time. Whatever you decide, if practicing law is your career goal, you will find all your effort will be worth it in the end.