You Can Accomplish Your Dream of Becoming a Lawyer

Published: 17th February 2006
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The world is a wonderful place filled with all sorts of possibility.

In a day and age when opportunity abounds, I'm surprised to find many people who give up on their dreams. Some want to learn how to become a lawyer but give in all too easily.

I'm here to tell you, as a person who really has 'been there and done that' that you can become anything you want to be!

I actually became an lawyer using nothing more than the Internet, my brain, and my burning desire to succeed.

If you have a burning desire to succeed and want to learn how to become a lawyer too, let me share with you the four biggest lessons from my experience.

1. No goal is too big.

I can't begin to tell you how many people said to me "Become a lawyer by going to distance learning and online law schools? Yeah, right!"

My license to practice law proves these doubters wrong.

If you're like me, you have skeptics in your world too. People who tell you that your dreams are too big. People who tell you that distance learning won't work. People who say the Internet is a fad and look at you as if you just announced you were moving to Mars.

Here's my advice. Don't listen to them. Listen to your heart. Earning a online law degree and becoming an attorney is within your reach.

The Internet has literally kicked open the doors of academic and Career opportunity. I'm not talking about a little bitty crack of opening. I'm talking WIDE open.

You can be anything you want to be. Settle for nothing less than the excellence that lives in your heart.

2. You need a plan of action.

When I first set my goal, it seemed SO overwhelming. I was a sort of a pioneer then, really. The resources that exist now were very hard to find at that time—so I made a plan.

Every day I would do only that day's tasks, seldom looking at the whole for fear of feeling overwhelmed. I'll admit it was overwhelming sometimes, but I just wouldn't allow myself to deviate from the plan.

Whenever I needed a little lift, needed to feel that I was in fact making progress, I would look at my 'to do' list from the previous week or month. Seeing all I had accomplished made thinking about accomplishing my dream of becoming a lawyer seem more realistic.

My second piece of counsel to you is simply this. Take your project one step at a time and you can do literally anything you set your mind to accomplish.

Concentrate and focus only on what needs to been done today. If you can do that without constantly worrying about the enormity of your goal, you'll soon find that you are living your dream of completing an online law school degree.

3. Take full advantage of all resources within your grasp.

Did you know that you hear more news in one day than your great-grandparents heard in one entire year!

While this may sound overwhelming, and the words 'information overload' may be jumping into your thoughts, I say this to encourage you.

There truly is a world of information at your fingertips. It has been well said that information is power. I wonder if you realize the power the Internet bestows on you? All the law libraries of the world are literally a click away—an online law school degree is second to none.

Right here, right now, you can decide to change your future. You might decide, as I did, to further your education using distance learning and online law school resources. Hey, I became a lawyer! Why not you?

You might decide that today is the day you are going to start building your career and enter the ranks of the legal profession.

On the other hand, you might decide that today is the day to go into any career that appeals to you, the choice is all yours. All of the resources you need to accomplish you career goals are literally at your fingertips and within your heart.

4. Take action today.

No matter what you decide, let me encourage you to take action on your plan today. A car sitting in a driveway is impossible to steer. Only when the car is moving can it be directed in the way the driver desires.

You are in control of your life. If you really want to become a lawyer you need to take action, you need to make that choice. The choices you make today will have an effect on what and who you become six weeks, six months and six years from now.

Let me encourage you once again. Dare to dream big. Make solid plans that will take you step-by-step in the direction of your dream.

Make the most of the resources at your disposal. Don't let the critics get you down. Learn how to become a lawyer today if that's your dream—and go for it!

Do these four things today and your tomorrows will take care of themselves.


Peter J. Loughlin, J.D., LL.M. achieved his dream of becoming a lawyer using only distance learning and online resources. Now he helps others achieve their dream at


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