How comfortable are you with reading? How persuasive can you be in written and spoken form? How is your attention to detail? Successful attorneys are able to perfectly craft their legal arguments in order to best represent their clients, and must stay well informed of all related current and previously decided court cases in order to do so. Many attorneys don't actually work in the courtroom like we see in primetime dramas, but the occupation can be very gratifying if you choose a legal specialization that is meaningful for you. Becoming a lawyer requires a three-year law degree beyond your four-year college degree.