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How to Become a Business Lawyer

Written on January 9, 2019

A business law attorney handles a wide range of tasks and duties in connection with representing a company and the individuals who comprise it. This niche area of law focuses on all types of issues that affect businesses, such as disputes, tax matters, transactions, intellectual property, and much more. The Florida Bar regulates the practice of law within the state, setting the requirements on being an attorney and addressing disciplinary matters. There are four steps established according to the rules, as described below. However, you should always remember that experience and skill are also important considerations in how to become a business lawyer in Florida.

  1. Earn a Degree in a Relevant Undergraduate Program: Almost all law schools require an aspiring attorney to first obtain a degree at an accredited college or university. There is no specific discipline that a lawyer must complete, and the program can be either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts. Some common areas for those who want to attend law school include English or Political Science. For students who want to go on to become a business law attorney, a degree in Business Administration is useful.
  2. Take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT): Law schools also require candidates to take the LSAT as a way of assessing their analytical skills and capabilities for logical thinking. This test does not focus on the practice of law specifically, so it is not the equivalent of the bar exam. Together with the student’s undergrad GPA and degree, the LSAT score is a critical element of getting into law school.
  3. Receive a Juris Doctor Degree from an Accredited Law School: Most law schools have a three-year curriculum to obtain a Juris Doctor degree, though some institutions allow longer programs for students who also work. Beyond required courses in Contracts, Property, Torts, US Constitutional Law, and others, a student wanting to become a business law attorney may also take Business Law, Securities Regulation, Transactions, and Business Organizations.
  4. Pass the Bar Exam and Ethics Test: The final steps in becoming a licensed attorney in Florida are passing the bar exam and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, which is an ethics test. The bar assesses the candidate’s knowledge and skills in general areas of law, so it is not specifically geared towards business lawyers. Still, all attorneys must pass the bar to practice in the state. Beyond the bar, some business law attorneys may elect to get a Master’s Degree, which is a more focused curriculum that dives deep into relevant topics.

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Even though these are some definable steps in how to become a business lawyer, there are additional factors to consider. Skill and experience in business law are essential, and these qualities are usually earned over time. For more information on what features to look for when hiring a Florida business lawyer, please contact Clearwater Business Law. You can reach our office to schedule a consultation by calling (727) 785-5100. Our team will tell you about our experience working with businesses of all sizes in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and throughout Pinellas County, FL.

 

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I strongly endorse Andrew Mongelluzzi. He is a very skilled and able business attorney focused on customer service and results. On the front end, Andrew deftly advises new businesses on organizing properly, acquiring necessary licenses, contracting with vendors & customers, and dealing with various compliance issues that may arise. On the back end when things go south, Andrew counsels and navigates businesses through complex commercial disputes and aggressively represents them in negotiations, mediation, arbitration, and in litigation so that businesses can legally move on and get back to business. Andrew’s ability to identify legal issues and approaches to resolve business-related issues is a strength that I have learned from and professionally relied upon in approaching the business matters and cases that I handle. I regularly refer business to Andrew knowing that he will diligently represent his business clients and their best interests.
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- Frank N. Genco, Florida Bar No. 440086

Attorney Mongelluzzi and his team provided excellent and quality service. I always felt that my needs were met and that the firm was invested in me and my case. The quality services I received at Mongelluzzi’s firm were remarkable. From the initial meeting they were responsive to my calls, questions and concerns. All issues were handled professionally and timely, easily accessible, got back to me quickly, aggressive and got me the results that I wanted. Attorney Mongelluzzi and his staff all gave my case their personal attention and provided the quality of work that anyone would want when hiring an attorney.

- Client

Andrew is very thorough defining the outcome expectations. In my case, it was setting up a new corporate entity. He advised me on the most beneficial option and he then executed on that path. Andrew is a very pleasant person to work with. He is determined, skilled and committed to his client’s success.

- Gil Pinney

Andrew helped me through a difficult situation with American Express and we won the case. A great job by Andrew! He also helped me with T&C’s in my company. I would recommend Andrew highly as an attorney.

- John Sams

As a business owner for 12 years I have seen my fair share of ups and downs. Some of the downs would include landlord/tenant disputes and creditors that may have not been fulfilled to agreement. Andrew has met both of these situations for me in a timely, positive, and affordable manner.

- Rich Mattes

It was very nice to have a lawyer who not only is fierce in negotiations but has been successful in business. This is a lethal combination. I was glad he was on my side.

- Nigel Castanheiro

Andrew helped me with a contract litigation case. The lawyers battled it out for over a year and we finally got a reasonable settlement offer. Then the other side tried to back out. Andrew figured out how to force the other side to honor the deal and really knows his way around the court system. Definitely feel comfortable using him again.

- John Ellis

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