How one Becomes a U.S. Attorney

This page is mainly written for potential foreign prospective clients who lack of knowledge of the U.S. legal and educational systems.

Lawyers– also called attorneys– according to Black’s Law Dictionary, is “a person learned in the law; as an attorney, counsel or solicitor; a person licensed to practice law.” Some attorneys use the post-nominal Esq., the abbreviated form of the word Esquire.

Formal requirements to become a lawyer usually include a 4-year college/university degree, 3 years of law school, and passing a written bar examination; however, some requirements may vary by State. Competition for admission to most law schools is extremely competitive. Acceptance by most law schools depends on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate an aptitude for the study of law, usually through undergraduate grades, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), the quality of the applicant’s undergraduate school, any prior work experience, and sometimes, a personal interview.

Federal courts and agencies set their own qualifications for those practicing before or in them.

Becoming a lawyer usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school—4 years of undergraduate study, followed by 3 years of law school. Law school applicants must have a bachelor’s degree to qualify for admission.

To practice law in the courts of any State, a person must be licensed, or admitted to its bar, under rules established by the jurisdiction’s highest court. All States require that applicants for admission to the bar pass a two-day written bar examination; most States such as Florida also require applicants to pass a separate written ethics examination. Florida requires attorneys to take continuing legal education classes.

To qualify for the bar examination in most States, an applicant must earn a college degree and graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) or the proper State authorities. ABA accreditation signifies that the law school, particularly its library and faculty, meets certain standards.

A year of tuition at a public law school is now over $20,000 a year, and average tuition at private law schools is around $35,000 a year.

The U.S. legal system does not draw a distinction between lawyers who plead in court and those who do not. Many other common law jurisdictions, as well as some civil law jurisdictions, do draw such a distinction: for example, the division of solicitor and barrister (advocate) found in the United Kingdom, and the division of advocate and civil law notary in Italy and France.

South Florida Home Prices Fall

No surprise here. With so many people’s unemployment running out, and the general state of decay of the Florida’s economy…Besides, so many foreclosures are not even on the market yet, creating even less of an incentive to purchase.

That said, for investors and for first-time buyers, it is definitely a wonderful time to purchase if you can see yourself holding on the property for at least 5 to 10 years.

“South Florida home prices decreased for the third month in a row in October, reaching the lowest level since the real estate market crash began three years ago, according to Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller 20-city housing index released Tuesday.

Home prices in the Miami area dropped 1.1 percent from September to October, after sliding 1.2 percent the month before. Compared to October of last year, Miami home prices were down 3.4 percent, according to the index, which includes properties in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

The index tracks repeat sales of existing homes and does not include condos — which make up the majority of sales in South Florida.

The national home price index fell 0.8 percent from October of last year. Miami was one of six cities surveyed that saw prices reach their lowest levels since 2006. Month-over-month, all 20 cities surveyed saw price declines in October.

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