Do you need a Bachelors Degree to go to Law school, or become a Lawyer?

I don't have any college, but I want to be a lawyer, do I have to do 4 years in University before I even try to become one?!?

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A college degree is not a prerequisite for a JD, however without a college degree you will most likely be rejected from all ABA approved law schools.
Through an indirect process you will be weeded out by "the system". Law school applications require transcripts from college, junior college and any other higher education classes to be reported to the LSAC (lsac.org). This company then takes your money and converts the transcripts into law school approved transcripts.
All schools will at a minimum ask for your college GPA and sometimes even your high school GPA. If you have done something extraordinary with your life that makes the college degree superfluous, then yes you can get in without a college degree. Otherwise it will be hard for you to stand out and be admitted amongst all the applicant's in this crazy environment.
As somebody pursuing a degree, the four years of college are relevant. It may not seems like it, but it's similar to asking a medical student to take 3 yrs worth of biology and a few years worth of chemistry before they enter medical school.
Adam, no you do not need a 4 year degree. I know one person who went to law school with a AA (Associates Degree) I would suggest that you go to a 4 year college and get a degree, it makes it a lot easier. The person, I know was exceptionally smart and scored high on the LSAT.
In the US, yes. A pre law degree is required before you can take law. Formal requirements to become a lawyer generally include a 4-year college degree, 3 years of law school, and passing a written bar examination; however, some requirements may vary by State.
So check with your State.
Most states require a four-year degree before law school in order to sit for the bar. A few states allow an exception for those who had 60 semester hours of undergrad before being matriculated to a law school, but I think those exceptions are rarely granted and, as my predecessor has stated, you will not likely be accepted into an ABA-approved law school (incredibly important to your ability to find the better jobs and opportunities, and even to being able to attract clients).
Each state may be different, but here is what the State of California requires as stated on the website of the State Bar of California:

"(a) Before beginning the study of law, every general applicant shall have either:

(1) Completed at least two years of college work, which college work shall be not less than one-half of the collegiate work acceptable for a bachelor's degree granted upon the basis of a four-year period of study by a college or university approved by the Committee; or

(2) Attained in apparent intellectual ability the equivalent of at least two years of college determined by taking any examinations in such subject matters and achieving the scores thereon as are prescribed by the Committee."

So the short answer is that you don't need a degree (at least in California), but you do need two years of college or the "intellectual equivalent". These are just the bare minimum educational requirements for California. The requirements for the admission to law school might be HIGHER than the minimum standards required to practice law in California and the laws of your state may be different.
Of course you need a bachelor's degree to go to law school to become a lawyer.
I don't theink anyone here has presented false information, but the last two answers are excellent because they address ABA requirements. If at all possible, try to meet the requirements for getting into an ABA accredited school.
in the Philippines u must have a bachelors degree before you can go to law school


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