Attorney at Law

Attorney at Law

In the U.S., an attorney at law is an individual who is licensed to practice in court – to charge an alleged criminal or defend the actions of people who have been accused of breaking the law. Other popular terms are lawyer or legal advisor.

The type of law you wish to practice will depend on your level of education. Most states require a B.A. Degree, followed by a PhD in Law - specifically a Juris Doctor or Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from a graduate school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Other degrees which are also obtainable are Master of Law (LL.M) and Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D. or, on the other hand S.J.D.)

There are three stages of qualification you can complete, before studying for the bar:

Paralegal Associates Degree gives you the qualifications needed to assist at various phases of the legal system, under the supervision of an attorney, including in the courts of law, law firms and government organizations and institutions. After finishing this course, you can sit for the National Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal Examination (CLA/CP Exam) to become a licensed paralegal.

Pre-Law Majors. The first step to becoming a legal advisor is to get a college degree. Graduate schools in the U.S., recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA), insist on your getting a four-year college education before enrolling in Law College. The college of your choice should be an undergraduate school that is certified by a national or regional accreditation office, approved by the U.S. Bureau of Education. Most ABA-recognized graduate schools insist that your college degree be from a regionally or nationally certified educational institution.

Online Law and Legal Studies Programs. There are n number of professions available to students who get an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree in law - without having to pass the stringent bar exam. Programs in Law or Legal Studies can give you the openings and the capabilities to finish up as a legal counselor or attorney, while helping you to scope out how the legal and justice systems work. You can also pursue a career as a paralegal, legal assistant, secretary, or court stenographer.