How to Become a Lawyer

How to Be a Social Security Lawyer

A social security attorney understands the social security system, knows who has benefit entitlement, and helps individuals file an appeal if they believe the government has wrongfully denied social security benefits.

People must go through a specific procedure to find out whether they can receive social security or not. Though some hire a social security attorney to help from the beginning of the process, most get an attorney when they receive notice of denial of the request. If denied benefits, people can appear in front of a judge; alternately, they can later have a hearing in federal court. A social security attorney has to understand everything about retirement benefits, disability benefits, supplemental income and survivor benefits.

1. It will take you seven to nine years of undergraduate and graduate studies to become a lawyer. The first step to take is to enroll in a college or university, graduate and earn your Bachelor’s degree. Law schools don’t prefer one major over another in most cases. In order to have a career as a social security attorney, you can have any education background—as long as you’ve completed your undergraduate studies. A good GPA helps as well.

2. Go to the website of the Law School Admission Council (http://www.lsac.org/) and register for the Law School Admission Test, known as the LSAT. It costs $136 to take the test, and more if you purchase study materials and take a preparation test. You should take all the steps to get yourself as well-prepared as possible because your LSAT score will play an important part in determining whether law schools admit you or not.

3. Choose an American Bar Association-approved law school. You can find the list of ABA accredited law schools on the LSAC website or on the website of the American Bar Association (http://www.abanet.org/). Most bar associations will not let you take the bar exam—necessary to become a licensed lawyer—if you don’t have a degree from an ABA-approved law school. One of the exceptions is the state of California, which also accepts law graduates from online law schools.

4. Apply to law school, making sure you meet all established requirements. Law schools usually have a long list of admission criteria, typically including a minimum GPA and LSAT score as well as essays, letters of recommendation, and so on.

5. Go to law school for three years if you enroll in a full-time program or up to five years if in a part-time program. Focus on becoming a social security attorney by learning about the laws and regulations governing the social security system.

6. Graduate law school and take the bar exam. You will have to pay some fees and fill in a lot of paperwork to take the examination. Contact the bar association in your state to find out more.

7. Once you pass the bar exam, you can work as a practicing social security attorney.