How to Become a Lawyer

How to Be a Labor and Unemployment Lawyer

Labor and unemployment attorneys deal with cases and practices related to employment law and work environments.

They review clients’ employee handbooks and policy statements, assist with federal and state wage and hour law claims, represent employees and employers in unfair labor practice cases, and provide counseling on matters related to the work environment and unemployment issues. People hire labor and unemployment attorneys to deal with disputes regarding wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination or wage and overtime matters.

1. Earn you BA degree. You will need to follow an undergraduate education curriculum for four years at a college or university. Strive to get good grades, as your academic records will prove an important part of your application file to law school. Your major and minor are not that important, as long as you like what you study and get a good GPA in the end.

2. Take the LSAT test. Register online on the Law School Admission Council’s website (http://www.lsac.org/) to get all the information you need about the test and the dates on which you can take it, as well as to have access to preparation materials. Attending a prep course can prove quite expensive but will be worth the investment if you’re serious about going to law school. The LSAT will evaluate your analytical and reasoning skills as well as your writing abilities. Law schools take the LSAT score very seriously when choosing their future students.

3. Apply to several law schools to make sure you can start your law studies the following year. Application fees are generally high, so make your choices wisely. Take your time to assess your chances and decide whether you can apply for prestigious law schools; otherwise, you’ll have more chances of getting into a middle-level law school.

4. Get ready to study a lot once you enroll in a law school. Join study groups and take learning very seriously, especially in the first year of law school. You’ll still have to study a lot in the following years, but you’ll have grown accustomed to the system. In the second and third years of law school, choose those courses meant to train you for a career as a labor and unemployment attorney.

5. Look for a labor and unemployment attorney in your area and undertake an internship in her office. If time allows you to do so, get a part-time job to gain some hands-on experience.

6. Graduate from law school. You now have the right to take the bar exam and become a practicing lawyer. The bar exam is quite difficult for most people. Make sure you review both federal law and state laws.

7. The competition is high in the job market, but with some perseverance you can follow the career you want. Start off by putting your name in the American Bar Association’s online database under the listings for an labor and unemployment attorney.