How to Become a Lawyer

How to Be an Environmental Lawyer

Environmental law, a fairly new branch of the legal system, dates back only about 30 years. It has evolved quickly because of rising awareness regarding environmental issues.

An environmental attorney assists and represents clients in matters related to air and water pollution, agricultural issues, land use issues, waste disposal, transportation and more. Environmental law continues to develop as the number of issues increase, and more and more parties choose to get involved in the field every year. An environmental attorney must constantly learn and stay up to date with the changes and developments and have a passion for the environment. The number of opportunities for environmental lawyers will continue to increase, so a career as an environmental attorney will prove both a challenging and rewarding choice.

1. Complete four years in an undergraduate program, in a college or university. Most law schools appreciate a wide-ranging liberal arts education and a good overall academic record. Some law schools look at your grades as far as high school, but most will stick to college records only. While in college, take some public speaking courses and improve your written and verbal skills at every opportunity.

2. Register for the LSAT and take a few months to seriously study for the test. Go to the website of the Law School Admission Council (http://www.lsac.org/) and download the free LSAT mock test to evaluate your level competency. Take a prep course and buy study materials in order to get a higher LSAT score, since this remains one of the most important criteria for admission to law school.

3. Apply to a few law schools, just to have a safety net. Choose one or two top-quality law schools as well as one or two that feel will likely admit you.

4. Law school can prove difficult in the beginning, but once you get the hang of it you will have more time to focus on your goal of becoming an environmental attorney. Take any courses that relate to environmental law and keep up to date with all the developments in the field. You might want to take a course in international relations if there is one available or study on your own about the subject, as most environmental issues have a global component.

5. Graduate from law school and get ready to take the bar exam. It will be difficult, so you have to take your time and study hard. Once you pass the bar association exam, you’ll become a licensed lawyer.

6. You’ll have more chances of getting a job as an environmental attorney in a big city. Contact law firms that deal with environmental issues and cases and accept any job they have. You will probably not get a very good salary in the beginning, but remember that rewards come in time. With some perseverance, you’ll work as an environmental attorney and have your own clients.