Lawyers are licensed professionals who help people and companies deal with legal issues. They work with clients to prepare legal documents, build cases, attend hearings and try cases. They may also work within the criminal justice system, depose witnesses and send legal correspondence. Lawyers typically have a concentration of area of expertise and advocate for a specific group of people or interests. These areas of specialization may include family, bankruptcy, corporate, animal rights, environmental or employment, among many others.  

Education and Careers

Becoming a lawyer requires a juris doctorate degree. After earning your bachelor’s degree, you can take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Your LSAT scores will help you with admission to a Juris Doctorate (JD) program at a college or university. From there, you will likely specialize in a discipline like family, constitutional or environmental law. Most JD programs take three years. 

There are wide ranges of career opportunities after you earn a law degree.  With a juris doctorate degree, graduates can pursue jobs such as:

  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Legal instructor
  • Federal Agent
  • Entertainment or sports agent
  • Corporate contract administrator
Chris Pyanowski

From Marine to prosecutor

Chris Pyanowski left the Marines with a plan to become an attorney. LCCC and the University Partnership helped him achieve his goal.

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Earn Your Law Degree in 6 Years

Partnership with LCCC and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

As an LCCC student, you can participate in a special program that allows you to enroll in Cleveland State University after two years at LCCC, complete one year at CSU, then qualify to enroll in your fourth year as a first-year student at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. The first year of law school satisfies the remaining required undergraduate hours at CSU,  condensing your time in college to six years. 

Learn more about the LCCC-CSU-C|M|L Program 

Start at LCCC and Transfer to an Ohio Law School

Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways

The Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways (OGTPs) are designed to provide a clearer path to degree completion for students pursuing associate degrees who plan to transfer to an Ohio public university to complete their bachelor’s degree. The OGTPs also constitute an agreement between public community colleges and universities confirming that community college courses meet major preparation requirements and will be counted and applied toward the bachelor’s degree. Students still must meet all university program admission requirements.

Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways