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Lawyer (J.D.)

A lawyer provides counsel and represents businesses, individuals, and government agencies in legal matters and disputes. A lawyer’s main duties are to uphold the law while protecting a client’s rights. Lawyers advise, research, and collect evidence or information, draft legal documents such as contracts, divorces, or real estate transactions, and defend or prosecute in court. Lawyers can specialize in a number of areas, such as corporate, family, bankruptcy, or environmental law.

In order to practice law in the United States, a Juris Doctor degree (JD) is usually required. Some lawyers also hold a Master of Laws (LLM). The majority of individuals holding a JD must pass a written bar examination to be authorized to practice law in a given U.S. state. To become licensed in more than one state, a lawyer must usually comply with each state’s bar admission requirements. Lawyers typically have strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as excellent problem-solving skills.


The Office of Pre-Law Advising (OPLA) administers a Practice Law School Admission Test (PLSAT) twice during Fall semester and twice during Spring semester.*

The PLSAT will be held in Room 2247, Carroll Building for students on the Statesboro campus. Armstrong campus locations may vary.

The doors open at 8:30 a.m.; the test will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. Although the Practice Law School Admission Tests are free for Georgia Southern University students, spaces are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

PLSAT dates and times are announced through prelaw-l (Georgia Southern University’s pre-law electronic discussion group) and our website.

Registration Link for Spring 2022 PLSAT: https://forms.gle/d1E7XwqyHBqe3k5K7

*The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day standardized test required for admission to all ABA-approved law schools. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.

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Last updated: 3/23/2022