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It most cases, yes. You will have to balance working full time while going to school. For most people it is not feasible for them to carry the same workload as a full time college student. You might have to take breaks in your education due to deployments or other military commitments. However, with the proper preparation and dedication to attain a degree it can be reasonably done in 4-5 years.
Yes. Definitely takes longer to get a degree while enlisted, compared to full-time college student. When you enlist, you are committing yourself full time to serving your country. The education benefits and other benefits are perks but come after a full day of service to your primary job. It is possible to obtain a degree while enlisted, but it will take several years, at least. I don't want to generalize too much, so I'll tell you about my experience: it took me 10 years to finish my BS in Aeronautics while active duty. Granted, looking back, I could have pushed harder and finished my degree in probably half that time, however, I also advanced fast through the military ranks by being devoted to my job and mastering it. I seriously doubt someone focused on finishing a Bachelor's in 5 years while active duty could have focused on their professional military job as much as I did and still had time to finish the degree in 5 years. We all have the same 24 hours of the day.
Generally, a law degree takes 3 years. Three years of your life which you will have to devote entirely to school. No girlfriends, no boyfriends, no social life, no liberties, nothing. You dont believe me? You will!
Law schools are adamant that you complete your degree in a timely manner and rarely do they allow you to take longer to complete your Juris Doctor. Some individuals may take four years to complete a JD degree, but that is usually with prior permission from the college or university granting the Law Degree.
So a law school degree can take anywhere from 5 and 1/2 years to 7 years from scratch. Well, you know by now that the graduate level program takes 3 years by itself. This applies for nearly all law school programs, including the ones from: Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, and other elite law schools.
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Some Useful Advice Youll need it!
So if you are just graduating from high school or are beginning your quest of obtaining a bachelor degree you have the best odds. Why? Because if you have your BA or BS completed and your GPA is not high enough than your chances of becoming a Lawyer may dwindle. Therefore, you better have a high GPA, amongst other factors, if you want to make it through the Law School application process.
Here are some points you should take to heart before you go to Law School:
High GPA in your undergraduate studies try to keep it 3.5 or above if you want to compete for a place in the best Law Schools in the country < critical!
Make relationships with your professors while taking your undergrad classes. Youll need them when the time comes for letters of recommendation <critical!
Try, if you can, to participate in extracurricular activities, like: sports teams or academic groups while earning your BA or BS degree. This will look good on your resume.
Study for the LSAT, also known as the Law School Admission Test. Use multiple study guides, books, or prep courses. When you take this aptitude test you will need to get the highest score possible, as usual < critical!
Write an original personal statement; one that is based on your core values and is written with an eloquent tongue. < critical!
Dont complete your degree online. The handful of the Law degree programs on the Internet are not regionally accredited and ABA accredited. This probably will change in the future, but for now, dont waste your time and money!
If you have seen this: < critical! that means it is a core component of the law school application and should be given an extreme level of attention. I am not kidding!!
If your GPA or LSAT are not high enough you may still have a chance of getting into the top 10 law schools (if you want). Your personal statement essay and letters of recommendation may be the true deciding factor (that depends on the school). Realistically, chances of getting into top law school programs are very slim, even with a perfect application. So I highly recommend applying to Tier 2 Law Schools, besides the Tier 1 or the Top Ten. That said, I wish you good luck in your future endeavors!