So You Want to be a Lawyer

So You Want to be a Lawyer

Being a lawyer can be one of the most rewarding professions. Lawyers are an important part of history and every community. Lawyers were instrumental in the founding of our nation and played a major role in drafting the governing documents that still shape our government, our laws, and our way of life. Lawyers have played major roles within every civil movement that has occurred within our country, such as the Civil Rights Movement and the Women's Movements. Lawyers often make the best problem solvers and the best leaders because of the critical thinking and analytical skills honed and polished in law school and within practice.

But what does it take to be a lawyer? Becoming a lawyer takes time, determination, and resources. Find out whether being a lawyer is the right path for you by hearing from lawyers who are thriving within the profession and enjoying it and by reading about prominent lawyers and the profession. The LSBA's brochure and the video from the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division are good starting points.

Other programs and resources are below.

Suit Up for the Future
High School Summer Legal Institute & Internship Program

The Louisiana State Bar Association in partnership with the Just the Beginning Foundation hosts an annual internship program.  This program is available to incoming high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates who are interested in the legal profession. Students will participate in a one-week legal institute, during which they will attend an abridged law school session, and a two- week internship, consisting of shadowing at area law offices and courts. The students will also participate in field trips. The program is June 9-27, 2014.

Students who complete the program are eligible to receive a $250 stipend.

Interested students should apply at by the May 1st (recently extended) deadline.  Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted online, by email to or be postmarked by May 1st.  Students may submit the downloadable application; however, the online application is preferred. 

If your school would like to have an LSBA speaker come in-person to make a presentation about the Suit Up internship program to the students, please click here to fill out this form. 

Students must provide their own housing as well as their own transportation to the program and shadow assignments.

For more information or to have postcards or flyers mailed to you, please contact the Director of Member Outreach and Diversity, Louisiana State Bar Association at 504.619.0129.  For Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

Setting the Bar: LSBA Pre-Law Conference

This workshop will enlighten college students on the law school admissions process and provide helpful tips to effectively navigate that process and tackle the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The first day of the program will consist of a series of information sessions from key admissions personnel from area law schools, who will share essential information on applications, resumes, personal statements, and financial aid. A representative from Kaplan will share tips on preparing for and taking the LSAT. Finally, students will be exposed to a mock law school class. Day two of the workshop will give students the opportunity to take the LSAT under normal testing conditions/times. Students who attend both days of the program will be entered into a raffle for a $1,600 tuition scholarship from Kaplan.  The workshop is co-Hosted by the Black Law Student Associations of Loyola University College of Law and the Tulane University Law School.

The 2015 program will be scheduled on two dates next February.  The first date will include a Career Prep Session and the second date will include a Mock LSAT under timed testing conditions at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (526 Pine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118). View the 2014 flyer and the complete program agenda to gain a more complete understanding about the program.

Career Prep Session
8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Mock LSAT (Under Timed Testing Conditions)
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Participants attending both sessions will have a chance to win a $1,600 Kaplan Scholarship to attend a Kaplan LSAT Prep Course.  Students must attend both Setting the Bar sessions to qualify for the drawing.

To receive additional information, please contact the Director of Member Outreach and Diversity((504) 619-0129) or Bonnie DeSalle ((504) 906-8776). Lunch will be provided to those who timely RSVP.

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