I have had the privilege of serving on admissions committees in the past. Volunteer work within legal services or even working at a law firm helps demonstrate a true interest in the law. Your volunteer work should not come before your academic performance. One of the first things most law schools will look at will be your grades and LSAT scores. Make sure you maintain good study habits. Law school involves a lot of writing and analysis. Look at classes that will give you an opportunity to write and to think critically. When it's time for you to take the LSAT don't just take it without preparing. Save money up for a prep course so you can give yourself the best chance possible to do well. Build relationships with your undergraduate professors or community leaders so when the time comes you can have strong letters of recommendation. Can you hold positions of leadership without your grades suffering? Working or volunteering in the area you say you're interested in; leadership skills; strong writing skills; good grades and a good LSAT score are all good goals to strive for as you prepare your journey towards law school. Best wishes.
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- Focus on doing well academically
- Research and identify an LSAT prep course to take
- See if there is an agency providing legal services that you can volunteer with. This will give you a feel for what lawyers do from day to do and an opportunity to give back
- Take classes that help you with your writing and analytical skills