The great thing about being a lawyer is that the skills you gain can lead you into any career. You don’t necessarily have to become a lawyer unless you want to. If you were interested, you could enter politics. After all, more than a third of Congress (37%) and over half of Senate (55%) members have law degrees.
If you aspire to be something more than consider taking it a step further. Did you know that more than half of the presidents elected had law degrees? Getting your law degree isn’t the surest way to become a president, but it could help you become one.
Barack Obama was a student at Harvard Law school in 1988, was president of the Harvard Law Review and graduated magna cum laude. He excelled during his time as a student, interning at the Sidley and Austin Law firm in Chicago. He took the same initiative and drive that he had during college and applied it to his careers once he graduated.
He took a leadership role on the Illinois Project Vote, an organization that aimed to increase African-American voter turnout. He then accepted a position at a civil law firm and went to become a lecturer at a law school.
The first election that he campaigned for was in 1996 as the district’s state senate after Alice Palmer decided to run for Congress. He won the election and helped move finance reform and crime bills through the election successfully. Obama then ran for and won the 2004 state senate against Republican Alan Keys.
Obama wasn’t just a man that was campaigning for a position; he touched and moved listeners to take action when he delivered his speeches. His campaign focused on uniting the country. His inauguration date was January 20, 2009, and his presidency ended in 2017.
Bill Clinton completed his degree in 1973, three years after starting at Yale Law School. During that time he worked on two separate campaigns, Joe Duffy and George McGovern. He gained invaluable insight into campaigns that he was later able to apply to his own. After graduating, Bill moved back home to teach law at a university, helping others earn their degrees.
While he was teaching, he began to campaign for a House of Representative position in 1974. Even though he lost to Republican John Paul Hammerschmidt, he grew as a political player. Two years later he would win the state attorney general race and in 1978, became the youngest elected governor. Unfortunately for Clinton, he was voted out of office the following election.
Even with defeat heavy on his mind, he went to work in Little Rock at a law firm, where he continued to campaign for reelection. Clinton went on to become governor and had 5 successful terms in Arkansas. Even though he had some unsuccessful moments in his life, Clinton continued to move forward. He didn’t let a misstep stop him from becoming the next president and instead learned from all his mistakes. His inauguration date was January 20, 1993, where he served until 2001.