The attorney who provides adequate service to their client, who knows the law and understands it well, will be a very valuable asset to whomever that attorney is advocating for. Attorneys can save their clients time and money, while potentially protecting them from gross suffering and possible imprisonment.
An attorney makes their client aware of the laws; constitutional laws, state and federal laws, and other laws, so that it supports them, protecting their rights and interests. Attorneys can decipher legal documents that may seem highly cryptic and mystifying to their client, so that he or she does not have to sign and agree to matters they do not fully understand. Having an attorney review one's written agreements in advance of signing them can help in avoiding potential losses, oppressive constraints, and damages, which could go on harming the person for the rest of their lives. Attorneys sometimes provide counsel to clients in matters of the heart. Family Law attorneys can help to ensure a parent retains the right to see and to know their children, or in the case of divorce, to remain living in your own home, which may be a dream house that you built yourself, and had planned to live in forever.
Attorneys put together business deals and agreements, drafting contracts that protect one’s working and financial interests. If you were hurt or injured in some way by a person or entity, the attorney can help the victim obtain monetary compensation for the suffering and losses they endured. Attorneys can protect writers, actors, producers, and others in the artistic community who require specific protections in order to secure their fair share of the profit from their own intellectual property or performance, avoiding the exploitation of their talent.
When you make the decision to become an attorney, you might first decide which state you would like to practice law in, since each state has its own Bar exam, legal criteria, and licensure requirements. Taking the LSAT exam is recommended when applying to law school. Most law schools now require the LSAT, a test which gauges a student's overall aptitude for performing the basic functions of an attorney.
A Bachelor’s degree as well as a law degree, the Juris Doctorate (J.D. Degree), from an accredited law school are required to become a licensed practicing attorney. Courses in political science, history, philosophy, and English classes, (to develop one’s speaking and writing skills), are said to help prepare attorneys for the law. Some attorneys take acting classes in order to prepare them for public speaking and/or to interact in various capacities with judges and juries. If an aspiring attorney happens to fail the Bar exam the first time, they can take it again until they pass it, though in some states special permission is required to do so.