Lawyers are trained legal professionals who can explain the laws to you. They are there to let people know the options that are available. Their job is to negotiate or mediate conflicts with other people, prepare letters, court forms, or other legal documents for you and to represent you in the court of law. The first process to entering the field of law is to acquire a bachelor's degree in any major. A few common degrees for first year law students are political science, liberal arts and history to name a few. Once the individual has obtained their bachelor's degree and has decided to enter law school there are many processes.
Depending upon how confident the individual is they might decide to attend workshops by becoming a member of the Law School Admission Council. LSAC provides workshops presented by admission deans and directors of law schools worldwide. The workshops cover a variety of subjects such as… understanding your strengths as an applicant, scheduling and timing the process. The LSAT and the LSDAS (Law School Data Assembly Service) cover the importance of the personal statement the role of letters of recommendation, how decisions are made, and advice if you are put on a waiting list.
This gives the applicant a chance to ask for professional advice by questioning higher authority to ease the tension of the application process. LSAT is a mandatory test that all law school applicants must take. All American law schools that are accredited by the ABA (American Bar Association) require the LSAT for admission. The only schools that don't require the LSAT be taken before admission are some non-accredited and state accredited schools. Admission departments place equal weight on the LSAT scores and the students GPA. Others rely heavier on the LSAT scores and some heavier on the GPA of the student.
The LSAT consists of six exam sections including: two logical reasoning, one analytical reasoning, reading comprehension, trial section, and a writing sample. The total numbers scored that are multiple choice questions range from 101 to 103 with the allowable testing time being three hours and twenty-five minutes. Some ground rules for the test are: working ahead or going back to other test sections is strictly prohibited, no penalties for incorrect responses and silent timing devices are allowed. The LSAT is given four times a year in February, June, October, and December.
The October, December, and February administrations of the test begin at 8:30 A. M. and test-takers are required to be at the test center a half an hour earlier. The June test starts at 1:00 P. M. and have the same requirement of arrival. Most law schools only admit students in for the fall semester. The majority of students take the test for the first time in their junior or senior year in college before applying to law school. Some college courses give test-takers an advantage over others these are the following: Philosophy, History, Ethics, Literature, English, and Political science.
Research has confirmed that test-takers with substantial Philosophy courses perform better on the LSAT than any other group. Registering for the LSAT must be done in advance by submitting a registration form included in the LSAT/LSDAS (Law School Data Assembly Service) Registration and Information Book, which are published annually in April. The two quickest ways to register for the LSAT is by using the automated phone system or registering via online. Most law schools credited by the ABA require three letters of recommendation by a professor who knows your academic performance.
Applicants can submit their letters of recommendation through the LSAC service, which is included in your LSDAS subscription. The function of the LSDAS is to collect all undergraduate transcripts and LSAT reports. They also prepare a summary and send it to the law schools specified. Individuals can register for this service the year they plan on applying to law school. The registration is good for one year and costs $95 dollars; postponement will require you to reregister. You don't have to subscribe to LSDAS when you register for the LSAT, but you should subscribe as soon as possible before your first law school application deadline.
The LSDAS subscription includes reporting to one law school and three letters of recommendation. Additional school reports are available for $9 dollars each. Yale law school for example requires a $250 dollar deposit to secure the students place in the entering class. The deposit will be credited to the student's tuition account. Applicants may visit the Law School to see the facilities and sit in on classes. If they wish to discuss the program while they are visiting they will usually get a student assistant to the Office of Admissions to meet with you give you a tour and answer any questions you may have.
However, an evaluative interview is not part of the Yale Law School admission process, but an applicant may request an appointment to discuss special circumstances. All admitted students are invited to visit the school in spring. Evaluating your LSAT score, which the testing service will send you approximately five weeks after the actual test date, will indicate your raw score, your scaled score, and your percentile ranking. The percentile ranking tells you how you performed relative to all others taking the LSAT over a recent multi-year period. This ranking is not reported to the law schools.
There is a $96 dollar registration fee to take the LSAT and for late registrants there is an additional $54 dollar late fee added. There are other courses available through various companies to help you prepare for the LSAT. There is also a practice LSAT that you can take online to help you find your weak areas. The LSAT classroom course ranges from $1,000 dollars to $1,250 dollars. These classes are given weekdays in the evening or weekends and last for approximately three months. There are private tutors but they are very costly and can run anywhere from $2,000 dollars and up.
Several books can be purchased online or in any bookstore, you may also find several books in the library that can help you prep for the test. All law school students have to pass the bar exam before they can become licensed attorney's no matter what field of law they want to specialize in. The bar is administered twice a year. You have to register for the bar exam through the Administrative Director of the Bar Examining Committee.
There is a fee of $375. 00 for admission to the exam. $75. 00 is a non-refundable fee to obtain forms and a $300.00 balance to be paid at the time the application is submitted. There is no restriction on the number of times a person takes the bar but the more times you take the exam the less chance you have for passing the exam. The Connecticut bar exam is a two-day exam. The first day is the MBE (Multi-State Bar Exam) a 200 question, multiple-choice test. The second day is the 12 essay questions. Again there are classes given to prepare you for the bar exam and can be looked into through your law school. After the exam you receive a card with pass or fail written on it.
Once the license is acquired you do not have to be a member of a bar association but are under the Judicial Department of the State of Connecticut Commissioners of the Superior Court licensed by the State of Connecticut which requires a yearly fee of $450. 00. A fee of $75. 00 is required for the fund for victims of malpractice and or theft from lawyers. Status is what is expected of an individual when one takes on a particular role. In the state of Connecticut, the judicial department oversees the roles and sanctions of attorneys.
The Connecticut judicial department publishes a book entitled, Connecticut Rules of Court. This publication informs lawyers of the rules of professional conduct. The book covers a variety of areas such as… Client-Lawyer Relationships, Counselor, Advocate, Transactions with Persons Other Than Clients, Law Firms and Associations, Public Service and Information about Legal Services. Under the client-lawyer heading, the Connecticut Rules of Court covers subjects such as Diligence, Fees, Conflict of Interest and Safekeeping Property.
The book goes into the details associated with what the state judicial department has set for an attorney practicing law in the state of Connecticut. The role of an attorney is to interpret the laws governing the issues you bring to him and advise you as to the best approach to resolving your issues. A lawyer is also a representative of clients, an officer of the legal system and a public citizen having special responsibility for the quality of justice. As a representative of clients, a lawyer performs various functions.
As advisor, a lawyer provides a client with an informed understanding of the client's legal rights and obligations and explains their practical implications. As advocate, a lawyer asserts the client's position under the rules of the adversary system. As negotiator, a lawyer seeks a result helpful to the client but consistent with requirements of honest dealing with others. As mediator between clients, a lawyer seeks to resolve their conflicting interests as an advisor. In all professional functions a lawyer should be knowledgeable, prompt and hard working.
A lawyer should maintain communication with a client concerning the representation. All of what we just talked about is how an attorney is expected to behave as a professional. The status of an attorney takes on more than how one is suppose to act. Status also represents what an attorney does for work. Although some attorneys practice general-law that covers a variety of fields that do not require a great deal of expertise. There are many areas of the law that are very difficult to interpret and thus so an attorney needs to become an expert on that one field.
An example of an attorney practicing general-law would be that he would meet with a client about a will in the morning, talk with a client about a workman's compensation hearing just after lunch and have a real estate closing in the afternoon. An example of an attorney that needs to be an expert in what he does would be the area of litigation. Litigation attorneys argue cases in the courtroom for a variety of issues. If they are involved in a criminal case their awareness of the law needs to be significant.
A lawyer's conduct should conform to the requirements of the law, both in professional service to clients and in the lawyer's business and personal affairs. A lawyer should use the law's procedures only for legitimate purposes and not to harass or intimidate others. A lawyer should demonstrate respect for the legal system and for those who serve it, including judges, other lawyers and public officials. While it is a lawyer's duty, when necessary, to challenge the correctness of official action, it is also a lawyer's duty to uphold legal process.
A lawyer's responsibilities as a representative of clients, an officer of the legal system and a public citizen are usually harmonious. It is important that a lawyer preserve a client's confidentiality because the client will be more likely to seek legal advice and obey their legal obligations, when they know their communications will be private. A lawyer's conduct should conform to the requirements of the law, both in professional service to clients and in the lawyer's business and personal affairs. A lawyer should use the law's procedures only for legitimate purposes and not to harass or intimidate others.
A lawyer should demonstrate respect for the legal system and for those who serve it, including judges, other lawyers and public officials. While it is a lawyer's duty, when necessary, to challenge the correctness of official action, it is also a lawyer's duty to uphold legal process. If an attorney breaks the rules of conduct, sanctions will be imposed upon them. This process is handled by the statewide bar counsel. The statewide bar counsel usually consists of two attorneys and one non-attorney. No attorney can serve on a panel if that attorney has an office in the same judicial district as the attorney whom you have logged a complaint with.
After a complaint has been filed with the statewide bar counsel they will either forward it to a grievance panel for an investigation or if the panel finds the complaint is not of a misconduct manor they will dismiss the complaint all together. In the case that the grievance committee finds misconduct, they will hold a hearing that is open to the public. After the hearing, the statewide grievance committee or sub committee may decide to dismiss the complaint, to impose sanctions and conditions against the attorney, or to direct that the attorney be brought before the superior court for reprimand, suspension or even disbarment.