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What kinds of classes should you take if you want to be a Lawyer?

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Asked at 2009.12.21 22:36:08
What kinds of classes should I take in High School to get into a University to learn to be a Lawyer?

I know that there are required classes to take for many career areas, but I don't know about becoming a lawyer. I'm looking to join Mock Trial and AP U.S. History. What other things should I do? Internships?

Thank you, your help is greatly appreciated (-:
answer Couture x  Answered at 2009.12.21 22:36:08

I'm actually on the same career path. I'm going to be a senior in high school.

You need an undergrad degree (BA or BS-4 years) and a law degree (JD-3 years).

I was lucky enough to go to a high school with a Pre Law program, which is extremely rare. I had the opportunity to take actual law classes...but...

The good news is that you DO NOT need a background in law to go to law school. It used to be required to be a PoliSci/History major in college, but not anymore. You can major in ANYTHING. As long as you can get a decent score on your LSATs and get into law school, you're set!

ALSO ... in college, there is really no such major as "PRE LAW". I thought that up until a few months ago when I went to a college fair. Pre Law means that you can work with an adviser to lead you in the right direction for law school.

Tying in college to high school... you still don't necessarily need to take "law" classes to become a lawyer. But in my opinion, if you know that's what you're interested in, it's best to get a good background of that area of study.

I recommend taking

AP Language (if possible). It's an English class. It looks impressive to colleges if you do well on it. Many colleges prefer a 4 or 5 now, but a 3 is passable for credit. The study of law involves a LOT of writing and this will DEFINITELY prepare you for it.

AP History. DEFINITELY. I can't stress this enough. It will help you glide though a lot of law topics.

See if your school offers any other history classes or government classes. Example: Sociology, Criminology, AP Government.

As cheesy as this sounds, start memorizing the Constitution - JUST the amendments :). I had to do it over summer break one year, and although it wasn't the most fun thing to do, it REALLY helped. Plus, you can find websites that simplify them into brief statements.

I was apart of Mock Trial this year for the first time. It's really good to prepare for public speaking skills, but if you're not an "attorney" and just a "witness" or something, it's not really that beneficial in my opinion. It is a lot of fun, so if you do have the spare time, JOIN IT! If your school has a debate team, check into that too.

As for internships... I started mine in February of my junior year. I was able to start with a new law firm. I went after school for two hours two days a week. Look into some local law firms or see if anyone knows any lawyers for you to contact. They always love interns - who wouldn't? Don't expect to get paid at first, though. You are actually getting paid in an odd experience. My internship has given me priceless knowledge and experience.

I'm not sure what grade you're in..but for applying to college I would recommend taking the SATs twice and two to three subject SATs. The two subjects that I would reccomend are Literature and History. With taking AP Language and AP History, these two should be a BREEEEZE! Most schools require a math, so you might want to look into that.

Well, I wish you the best of luck! Feel free to email me if you have any more questions.

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