5 Steps to Become To Become Government Lawyer

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

Most law schools require that applicants possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited school. There is no specific field of study required for aspiring lawyers. While degrees in English, history, government or a related field are common, a bachelor's degree in government provides instruction in public law and policy, political theory and American politics. Knowledge in these areas may impress government employers during job searches.

Step 2: Take the LSAT

Law schools require that applicants submit Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores. These tests, which many students take during their junior year of undergraduate study, cover areas such as critical thinking and analytical skills. The LSAT is a gauge to determine whether students have the aptitude to study law.
Prepare for the exam. Some companies offer prep classes for the LSAT. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), law school admission is highly competitive. Preparing for the test may result in a higher score, which may make being admitted to law school easier.

Step 3: Obtain a Law Degree

Law school consists of three years of study. During the first year, students complete courses in civil and criminal law, torts, property, contracts and civil procedure. During the second and third years of study, students are allowed to complete elective courses, as well as clinics and internships.
Students interested in working as government attorneys should:
Complete government law-related elective courses. Classes discussing U.S. import regulations, patent prosecutions and the clean-air act provide students with an introduction to the types of laws upon which government attorneys may work. Additionally, completing elective courses in these fields may make it easier to find employment as a government attorney after graduation.

Step 4: Take a State's Bar Exam

Most states require lawyers to pass the bar exam to legally practice law. Individual states set their own requirements for the practice of law, and these are established by the highest court in the jurisdiction. Although each state's bar exam format and content differ, most consist of multiple days of testing on general and state-specific laws. Passing the bar exam is the first step to being admitted to the bar and being able to practice law.
Apply to practice before a federal court. Some government attorneys work in the federal court system, which has different admission and practice procedures than state courts. Sometimes, lawyers must obtain permission to practice before a federal court. Many times, permission is obtained by demonstrating admission to the state's bar association.

Step 5: Work as a Government Attorney

After passing the bar, an attorney can practice any type of law for any employer. Government agencies and departments hire attorneys to represent them and assist them in interpreting laws. Some employers hire inexperienced attorneys (those just out of law school), while others require applicants to have 3-5 years of experience, sometimes in dealing with a particular subject.
Government attorneys must have a Juris Doctor degree and need to pass their state's bar exam. They should also apply to practice in federal court, where the median wage is $138,860 according to 2015 data, gathered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic


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