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Competition for job openings should be keen because of the large number of students graduating from law school each year. 

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. 
Competition for admission to most law schools is intense. 
About 3 out of 4 lawyers practiced privately, either as partners in law firms or in solo practices. 

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The legal system affects nearly every aspect of our society, from buying a home to crossing the street. Lawyers form the backbone of this vital system, linking it to society in numerous ways. For that reason, they hold positions of great responsibility and are obligated to adhere to a strict code of ethics.


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