What Does a Business Lawyer Do?
A business lawyer is a person who handles legal cases with business issues. Some business lawyers are in the line of work of real estate, creating LLCs, and also settling & negotiating business agreements between two parties.
To become a business lawyer requires strong discipline, a curiosity for learning, and a passion to create value by solving business people’s legal problems.
The Path to Becoming a
Step One: Get a Degree
Law schools accept any kind of bachelor’s degree. Degrees can range from history, science, math to arts and humanities and English.
The best type of degree to become a business lawyer would be a bachelor’s in business. A business degree will arm the potential law student with knowledge on how business operations work and how the law intertwines with everything.
Step Two: Take the LSAT Exam
The LSAT exam is the most important test to take as it will show law schools how well you are able to comprehend reading, solve law problems using critical thinking, and use analytical reasoning.
Scoring well on the critical thinking aspect of the LSAT will increase your chances of being accepted into a law school, because law schools primarily teach you how to think like a lawyer.
Being able to memorize laws and how they work is important, but since laws continue to evolve and change over time; the ability to critically think like a lawyer is more important, because it will help lawyers become versatile in solving cases.
Step Three: Attend and Finish
If you pass the LSAT exam, it will take three years to graduate from law school. In the first year, students take courses on basic law subjects including torts, constitutional law, property laws, legal writing, and legal method.
Throughout the second and third year of study, students take more complex courses to better their understanding of how the law works through memorization of dozens of rules. In the last year, students go through intense preparation for their BAR exam to be able to practice law, and finding employment as a lawyer.
Step Four: The BAR Exam
Every state in the United States requires all law students to pass the BAR exam in order to become a practicing lawyer.
According to the American Bar Association, the BAR exam is taken over the course of two days. On the first day, law graduates take the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). The MBE consists of 200 multiple choice questions covering the subjects of Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts. The second day is more focused on essay questions that are more broader in subject matter.
In addition to passing the two tests, there is another examination called Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) which is given three times a year. This examination determines whether or not a person pursing law is fit for this line of work. The reason for this is that law is a public profession and grants power to licensed lawyers. The MPRE determines if a law graduate won’t abuse that power once they are licensed.
Step Five: Gather Work
The best way to get work experience as a business lawyer is to do internships throughout law school at different law firms.
Another way of gaining experience is to do part time work at law firms. It’s unlikely you will get part time lawyer positions. Part time work at law firms usually consists of file clerks, court filers, and messengers. Doing part time work as a lawyer will help you make valuable relationships within the law firm, and lawyers will remember you once you are licensed to practice law.