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What subjects we need to take in high school to become a lawyer

#laywer we should take science maths social science and english


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Donna’s Answer

I agree with Natalie's answer and would add the following: English is important to help develop your writing skills, accounting might help as you may take cases with accounting issues, and debate or public speaking to help with courtroom presentations. Keep in mind that law school will generally teach you about the law but not the specific procedures for your geographical location. Being an intern at a law firm will help with procedures and the reality of the legal practice. Psychology would also be helpful as you will be dealing with different personality types and developing a compassionate approach will help.


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Chandrashekar’s Answer

Hi Tanisha,

Bachelor’s degree in law (LL.B) can be pursued in India only after completing an under graduation degree in any field, such as B.Com, B. Sc etc. or choosing to pursue an integrated honours degree.
The minimum age to enrol in an LL.B course is 20 years and the maximum age is 30 years.
So if you are studying high school you can choose either Science or commerce subjects for your 11th and 12th Standard.


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Natalie’s Answer

In the US, none. Although being a lawyer requires analytical skills and strong communication skills- skills which are naturally honed through classes like math, English, writing. Public speaking training is helpful too, and debate team if your school has it. Good luck!


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Rachel’s Answer

There are no mandatory classes in high school to become an attorney. That said, AP English is very helpful.

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Richard’s Answer

Law schools do not look to see if you have had specific high school courses. However, in order to get into a good college, you might consider taking the hardest degree program available at your school (AP or IB). The IB program would be excellent to get experience in extra writing. You might also take a speech or debate class to see if you enjoy public speaking. There are types of attorneys though who do not have to go to court or have trials. My wife is an attorney, and she thinks all of the writing she did in high school and college were excellent preparation for law school and being an attorney.

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