If I get a law degree, does that mean I have to become a lawyer to join FBI?

I'm 16 years old, sophomore in high school, and before recently, I've wanted to be an actor. I've had acting training, but its not felt right to become an actor. I love my country, U.S.A, and I am interested in criminal justice and law enforcement. I want to do a federal law enforcement job (CIA, DEA, Secret Service, U.S Marshal, etc...) but I mainly want to get into the FBI and do criminal investigative work at a high level, maybe do undercover work, but mainly detective work. I've read several questions on Yahoo Answers and read the website of the FBI, but I'm a little confused. I want to start getting ready for a college I can get a degree in and hopefully join FBI or another law enforcement agency. I'm currently enrolled in JROTC at my school and I am a part of the Mock Trial at my school. My main question is, if I got a law degree (like they FBI says they want) do I need to work as as an attorney or lawyer in that field for 3 years (as the website says you need to have a 3 year work experience) to join the FBI? I know that you can get a criminal justice degree, which I'm willing to do, too, but from what I've read, that's almost cliche and overdone. I really want to do something in law enforcement at a federal level, because I want to help others and keep my country safe. I'm outgoing and trustworthy, with a GPA of 4.0, and no criminal background. And I want to know what I need to do to find the best way to join one of these prestigious agencies. Thank you.

Asked By: - 2/8/2009
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Up to fifteen years ago the FBI was satisfied with limiting applicants with Law and Accounting Degrees. Obviously the need for more agents prompted the FBI to relax or open their applicant base. Therefore; they started accepting applicants with any accredited bachelors or masters degrees. Also, very importantly is a... More
Answered By: John M - 2/8/2009
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Answered By: Knox - 2/8/2009
Criminal Justice degrees are fine if you want to be a uniformed police officer. It won't do you any good as an investigator... More
Answered By: Jane S - 2/8/2009
The FBI recruits from several sources including law schools, accounting schools and other police agencies. You will find that the reference to work experience refers to other jobs. The FBI can hire a lawyer immediately upon graduating from school, with no additional work experience. In fact, I don't know of any FBI... More
Answered By: laughter_every_day - 2/8/2009
Becoming an FBI Special Agent is a very competitive process. Visit the FBI's website. Below are some minimum requirements to become an FBI Special Agent... More
Answered By: J.W. - 3/9/2014
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