Usually, a minimum of 7 to 8 years, which is comprised of 4 years of undergraduate coursework that’s followed by 3 years of law school. Prior to gaining admission into law school, you’ll have to take the LSAT, which is a stressful and challenging standardized test for admission. But once you complete law school you’re done with the education side, now you just have to pass the bar exam! Good luck with that, but don’t be surprised if you have to take it again, as that happens too. So depending on your success with exams and the cadence you hold with schooling, you should look at a minimum of 7 years, more likely 8, when everything is included.
Not as bad as medical careers, but more than a lot of paths.
I will add, it’s hard to find good criminal defense lawyers. It’s easy to find a lawyer, but having a proven ace on your side can be a challenge. If you commit to becoming one of the best, law firm owners like myself will see your value and uniqueness and snatch you up in a heartbeat to never let you go! Keep your eye on the prize and you’ll have a long and successful career.