In order to become a lawyer in many countries, it will first be necessary to become a legal trainee who works under the guidance and supervision of a lawyer in order to learn more about the profession and prepare himself or herself for the rigors of the job. Before you can become a legal trainee, however, you will need to obtain the proper credentials that will qualify you for the position. This usually entails earning a bachelor's degree and then continuing onto law school. You will also usually need to pass the bar exam in your area, before you can be considered for a job.
You can start your preparation to become a legal trainee as early as high school. You will need to develop strong writing skills and have a basic understanding of government and law practices. It is also good to develop basic math skills, and you will most certainly need exceptional communications skills. Once you graduate from high school, you can apply to an undergraduate program at a college or university. Think carefully about the degree you choose; you should consider degree programs that will prepare you for law school and, ostensibly, to become a legal trainee. English, government, political science, history, and even communications degrees can all be useful degree programs.
While you are still in your undergraduate studies, you will need to research the various application requirements to law schools. In many parts of the world, you will be required to take an exam that tests your knowledge of law; be sure to look into which exams apply to you, and study thoroughly for such exams. You will then need to apply to law school and be accepted to a program that will allow you to learn the skills necessary to become a legal trainee. Be prepared to spend two or more years in law school; you will also need to study to pass the bar or other qualifying examination in your area.
Upon completing law school and passing all relevant exams, you will generally be qualified to become a legal trainee. It is a good idea to apply for positions while you are still in law school so you can take advantage of a seamless transition between school and work. As a trainee, you will generally be paid a lower wage, and you will spend two years or more as a trainee before getting the opportunity to advance in your career.