How to Become a Securities Attorney

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    • 1). Attend college and take pre-law courses. Every young attorney's career begins by attaining an undergraduate degree from a college or university. Helpful majors, especially for securities attorneys, include business administration, English, and civics.

    • 2). Take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) after graduating college. Before you can get into a law school, you need to take the LSAT. The LSAT tests you on your reasoning and logic skills. You can find testing dates and times by checking LSAC.org.

    • 3). Apply to law schools. Once you have your undergraduate GPA and your LSAT score, you can research which law schools you are qualified to attend (the better schools require higher GPAs and higher LSAT scores). Apply to the schools you are qualified for and choose a school.

    • 4). Take business law classes, securities law classes, and transactions classes while in law school. Since you are looking to become a securities attorney, you need to be knowledgeable about the legal specifics of such things as horizontal mergers, stock transfers, and insider trading.

    • 5). Pass the MPRE (the law school ethics exam) and your State's bar exam to become licensed to practice law.

    • 6). Research securities law firms in your community and apply for a job with them. Once you are licensed to practice law, you can focus on almost any aspect of the law (including securities). Speak with attorneys in the field for potential job openings and keep your eyes posted. If you can't find a job with an established firm, start your own.

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