This approach, while challenging, can be rewarding and offers the opportunity to acquire solid legal knowledge in a self-taught manner
How to become a lawyer without studying law
Mike Ross, star of the TV series Suits, left us with the desire to become lawyers and through the screen showed us that studying law on our own is possible. And even if he was a genius and did it with little effort, something out of the ordinary, this idea is not far from reality. It is entirely possible to study law on your own and end up in the most successful law firm, it is just a matter of effort, work, dedication and, above all, perseverance.
Nowadays access to higher education can be limited for a variety of reasons, the idea of becoming a self-employed lawyer has gained ground as a viable alternative for those who wish to enter the legal field without necessarily attending university. Here's how you can embark on this journey to becoming your own lawyer.
1. Research the legal requirements in your jurisdiction.
Before you begin, it is crucial to understand the specific legal requirements in your jurisdiction to practice law. Some places may allow you to practice law without a university degree, but you may still be required to pass certain exams or complete supervised apprenticeship programmes. Research these regulations carefully to make sure you are on the right path.
2. Build a foundation of legal knowledge
To gain a solid understanding of the law, it is essential to study systematically. Here are some ways to do so:
- Textbooks and Online Resources: Invest in basic law textbooks that cover fundamental areas such as civil law, criminal law, constitutional law, among others. Some recommended books include "Introduction to Law" by García Máynez and "Theory of Law" by Hans Kelsen. In addition, explore online resources such as Coursera, Khan Academy, and edX, which offer free courses on legal topics.
- Legal Websites and Forums: Explore websites and forums specialising in legal discussions. Reddit has active communities such as r/LegalAdvice where you can learn from real cases and engage in legal debates.