Lawyers in New York, like most places in America, must have a regular college degree and a law degree to be licensed to practice law. They are licensed by thee state and held to high standards. The state bar association follows guidelines of the American Bar Association in licensing its attorneys.
First a general college degree is required. There is no field of study required, and while there is no grade point average required, the law schools do choose students with better grades. A good pre-law degree would include a major that has emphasis on writing and research, as well as problem solving skills. Some majors that lawyers often have at this level are business, political science, history and philosophy.
To be admitted to law school you must first pass the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT, of New York. After completing your under graduate degree, you may take the half day test that measures your ability and predicts how well you will do in law school. If you pass that, you may be licensed to practice law in the state, or city, of New York. You may attempt the test three times in two years if you want to improve your score.
From there you may be accepted into an accredited law school. You may attend an accredited law school anywhere as long as you take the required courses and credits set by the American Bar Association. Once you have completed that, you may take the bar exam to become an attorney. You must also complete an internship before you get your license to practice law in the the state of New York. The Juris Doctor is the basic law degree to practice law in the state.
Ross Abelow is a New York City attorney. He got his under graduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany. Then, got his law degree from the Brooklyn Law school. Abelow got his license to practice law in New York in 1989.
Abelow has worked for a few law firms since 1989. He specializes in commercial, family, matrimonial and litigation law. He has also worked with many entertainers in the city of New York, helping them with all kinds of legal issues including matters related to their art. He has also worked with couples going through a divorce, and with many family law issues such as child support and custody.