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Becoming a Successful Lawyer: The Blood Sweat and Tears Behind the Suit

When you make the choice to become a lawyer, you are embarking on a difficult and amazing journey. Just ask Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho. He worked his butt off to get where he is at. It didn’t happen overnight though. As Ricardo puts it, “I lived through the pain and tears to get where I am today. It was worth it. Knowing what I know now, it was all worth it.”

Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho is one of the best teachers on law here in Brazil. He learned all he knows now through his greatest challenges and mistakes. Let’s take a closer look.

Here are some suggestions to help make your success in law school a profitable one. A journey filled with joy and happiness, not sadness or regret.

1) Do your homework. This might sound a bit like common practice, but here me out. Come to class prepared. Yes, you are going to have professors who will challenge you. You will have teachers that will make things difficult for you. That is the point. Your class work will lay the ground work for your professional career. DO not take this for granted. It’s supposed to be this way. Learn from it and move on.

2)Learn to rely on yourself. Your classmates are going to be there too. But, they have their own journey. Do not rely on them to make your class time worthwhile. Learn to handle yourself on your own. The more you do this, the more it will prepare yourself for the courtroom.

“One thing I learned in law school was self-preservation. The job is where you get to prove yourself. The job is where you will have to earn your stripes. But, the classroom is the first step. You need to begin here. The effort you put into class, this will be a sign of how well you do in the job. If you can handle yourself in class, you got it made.”

—Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho,

3) Spend the first day of class preparing for the last. It all adds up to the last day. Never lose sight of this. In some ways, you need to put on some blinders. This is the only way to stay focused. Do not let your classmates steer you wrong. The guy who stole the test answers, you don’t need him.


A person definitely earns his or her way in law school Which is why you need to identify you goals early on. Establish your goals and know what you want. This will come in handy when you apply jobs and internships later on. Google Ricardo for some more tips. Find him on Facebook here in Brazil, or the equivalent to Facebook. Good luck!

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