Career Research Paper

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I had a difficult time for most of my life trying to decide what I wanted to pursue after high school and went through copious different options; ranging from owning a restaurant to active military service. It was only recently that I found a great interest in criminal justice and the opportunity to help keep people safe and abiding by the law, and found that become a lawyer would combine that interest with the enjoyment I receive from spirited debate and intellectual conversation. The road to becoming an outstanding criminal lawyer is paved with strict academic criteria used to instill versatility for the vastly changing tasks one might have to face, and those who lose focus may find it difficult to keep up with the required pace. “Becoming a lawyer usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school—4 years of undergraduate study, followed by 3 years of law school.” (U.S. Bureau of Statistics) Becoming a lawyer of any type takes a serious amount of dedication simply because of the time requirements alone; however, the list of difficult academic standards would ensure that a person would need to be passionate about law in order to put in the necessary amount of work. The LSAT is the first test a person takes on their way towards admission to law school, and the given score is coupled with the individual’s Undergraduate GPA in order for the university to decide whether or not they will be accepted. Every University has a unique set of standards for accepting people into their program, but I am attempting to go to the University of Miami to join a long tradition of excellent legal education. Miami typically does not accept people with a GPA of less than 3.1 and a median LSAT score of 156, so they are not on the strictest ... ... middle of paper ... ...t every day, and all while helping people and attempting to make the world safer. Initially, 7 years appears to be a vast amount of time to spend pushing through all the tests and studying, but the hard work will be well worth the time once the ultimate goal is reached. All of the academic hurdles are simply there to lead the individual to the end result of becoming a successful lawyer; with a strong sense of ethics and a willingness to help uphold the justice system that keeps our people safe. Works Cited "How to Become a Lawyer." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8 Jan. 2014. Web. 15 Mar. 2014. Wardwell, Walter I., and Arthur L. Wood. "The Extra-Professional Role of the Lawyer." American Journal of Sociology 61.4 (1956): 304. Wood, Arthur Lewis. "Professional Ethics among Criminal Lawyers." Social Problems 7.1 (1959): 70-83.

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