How To Become A Lawyer In Kentucky
Did you know that in the 2011 12,579 licensed attorneys were registered in the state of Kentucky? You too could be among this small group of legal professionals. The process of becoming a lawyer in the state of Kentucky is not quick but does result in a very rewarding career. Find additional information about the process below:
Before you can even apply to law school you will have to graduate from undergraduate school with a degree of your choice. While certain pre-law courses can be beneficial no specific degree is required to gain admittance to law school. Make sure to focus on building up your GPA and score the highest LSAT score possible.
After completion of undergraduate courses and the LSAT put together your law school applications (want tips? check out our free eBook.)
Once you start law school its very important to focus on classes and building upon your GPA. It’s also beneficial to attempt to gain as much legal work experience as possible. Look for internships or even part-time jobs that are in the real “legal world”. This could look really good on your resume which then could increase your candidacy for jobs you apply to after graduating law school.
Finally, the last step to becoming a licensed lawyer in the state of Kentucky is passing the BAR exam. The exam consists of two days of testing, one day of multiple choice questions and the second being essay questions. Once you pass the BAR exam you will be ready to be sworn in as an individual legally able to practice law in Kentucky.
A Kentucky Lawyers Responsibiliy:
As a public citizen, a lawyer should seek improvement of the law, access to the legal system, the administration of justice and the quality of service rendered by the legal profession.
As a member of a learned profession, a lawyer should cultivate knowledge of the law beyond itsuse for clients, employ that knowledge in reform of the law and work to strengthen legal education. In addition, a lawyer should further the public’s understanding of and confidence in therule of law and the justice system because legal institutions in a constitutional democracy depend on popular participation and support to maintain their authority. A lawyer should be mindful of deficiencies in the administration of justice and of the fact that the poor, and sometimes persons who are not poor, cannot afford adequate legal assistance. Therefore, all lawyers should devote professional time and resources and use civic influence to ensure equal access to our system of justice for all those who because of economic or social barriers cannot afford or secure adequate legal counsel. A lawyer should aid the legal profession in pursuing these objectives and should help the bar regulate itself in the public interest.”
Full rules of professional conduct can be read here.
Getting Accepted Into a Kentucky Law School.
Your grade point average in college and scores on the LSAT are the two major determining factors for admission to most law schools.
Popular Law Schools In The State Of Kentucky.
Below is a list of law schools in Kentucky actively accepting applications each year.
Chase College of Law
Nunn Hall, Highland Heights 41099
Phone: (859) 572-5340
University of Kentucky College of Law
620 S. Limestone, Lexington 40506-0048
Phone: (859) 257-1678
University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
2301 South Third Street, Louisville 40292
Phone: (502) 852-6358
Why Is Law School In Kentucky & The Bar Exam Necessary?
Without a license to practice law in Kentucky, a person cannot give legal advice, represent persons in court, or handle many other legal matters.