Attaining your J.D. degree is the first step to practicing law. Many students attend law school and receive their degree without intending to practice law. Those students want to use their degree in a myriad of ways from running their own businesses, working with non-profit organizations, or running for political office.
The majority of law students, however, wish to practice law. That is, they wish to represent clients, whether before courts or in business transactions or in other settings. To practice law you must have a law license.
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