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How to Become a Lawyer in New York

Becoming a lawyer in the state of New York takes several years of higher education. Once you have finished school and passed the New York Bar Examination, which takes two days to complete, you can legally practice law within the state of New York. However, it can take several months after you've completed the New York Bar Examination to be notified of your results.

Attend a four-year college or university and earn a bachelor's degree. The program you major in while in college holds little bearing on getting into law school; however, your GPA does. Law schools are looking for students with high grade point averages.

Take the Law School Admission Test. The LSAT takes half a day to complete and consists of essay and multiple-choice questions. Take LSAT preparatory courses to help prepare for the LSAT. The higher the your LSAT score, the more likely you are to get into law school.

Graduate from an American Bar Association approved law school. If attending law school full-time, it will take you three years to complete your degree. Once you graduate from law school, you will be awarded a Juris Doctorate.

Apply to take the New York Bar Examination and pay the $250 (as of 2010) application fee. Once approved for testing, set a date for the examination. According to the New York State Bar of Law Examiners, "the bar exam is always held on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of every February and July."

Pass the New York State Bar Exam to legally be able to practice law in New York. Apply to several law firms for employment if you have not done so already.