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Tuesday February 20th 2018

Pursuing A Law Degree

Pursuing a degree in law, while a major undertaking, can definitely lead to a rewarding and secure career.

Careers in law can take you to many different specialized areas including

Divorce Law
Real Estate Law
Civil Litigation
Environmental Law
Bankruptcy Law
Foreclosure Law
Intellectual Property Law
Labor & Employment Law
Patent Law

and many others.

So just about anyone can find some field of law that they might be interested in specializing in if they can make it through the proper schooling. In the US getting your degree will take anywhere from 5 1/2 years to 7 years (3 of which will be in actual Law School).

Once you complete your schooling the bar exam is next and will be administered by the state in which you wish to practice law. This exam takes a minimum of 2 days in the US and a few states actually have 3 day exams.

After you’ve made it through this process (many say it’s a tough one) it’s tiem to set up or associate your self with a practice.

A lawyers average salary varies from state to state but here are some useful figures about the top 10 places lawyers tend to earn the most:

1. San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara, CA
2. San Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City, CA
3. New York – White Plains – Wayne, NY – NJ
4. Santa Ana -Anaheim – Irvine, CA
5. Los Angeles – Long Beach – Glendale, CA
6. Modesto, CA
7. Wilmington, DE – MD – NJ
8. Washington, DC – MD – VA
9. Oxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura, CA
10. Chattanooga, TN -GA

(source of underlying data – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2009 Occupational Employment Statistics survey.) as referenced from abajournal.com.

As mentioned above Bankruptcy and Foreclosure law are 2 areas of specialty in law and as of this writing there is plenty of work in these specialties and a law firm to look into is Rosicki Rosicki & Associates located in Plainview NY and you can find out more at RRA Philanthropy.

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