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What types of classes should I be taking to prepare for law school?

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Krisztina’s Answer

I recommend you go to the US Supreme Court website and pick a few cases to listen to or read the transcripts, and if they have published the briefs to definitively read them. There isn’t really any undergraduate class that is better preparation versus starting early to read case law and legal writing.

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Jeanette’s Answer

The best courses that you can take are those that give you a good command of the English language and excellent communication skills.  Therefore you should take advantage in English course, grammar, writing, speech, speed reading, reading comprehension skills communication skills in general.  If you are interested in being a trial lawyer I also recommend that you take a drama class.  Trial lawyers need to be good storytellers, therefore acting skills will be beneficial.  There is no undergraduate major that will prepare you for the type of learning and studying that you will do in law school.  The skills I have listed above are those that you will need to succeed in law school.

Jeanette recommends the following next steps:

Carefully consider the course offered at your college and take as many as you can that will develop the skills discussed in my answer above.
Consider participating in theater or a debate club if available at your college particularly if your are interested in being a trial lawyer.
Take a speed reading course.
Study grammar and become very skilled at using proper grammar.
Study time management. You will be very busy in law school and it is important that you have good skills in setting priorities, using your time wisely and juggling many assignments.
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