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What are some tips on becoming a lawyer what can I do in high school to help?

Asked Irving, Texas

I asked this question because i want to be a lawyer and im in debate so im interested in law #law #lawyer #lawyers

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Richard’s Answer

Updated San Francisco, California

High school debate is a very good thing to do to help you prepare to think like a lawyer. Debate helps you to think on your feet and that is a skill that lawyers need to have.

You can do a lot of other things too that will help. Take writing classes. Just as all good movies start with a good script, all good legal arguments start with a well-written brief or memo.

If you can learn to write well you are well on your way to becoming a good lawyer. When you write a paper, organize your thoughts by writing an outline of what you want to say and make sure that the order in which you say it makes logical sense. Learn the difference between fact and opinion. For example, it is my opinion that yellow is a pretty color. It is a fact that the sun is about 93 million miles from the earth. Listen to people talk and try to figure out whether what they are saying is a fact or is an opinion. Lawyers use both in presenting a case but it is important to know the difference.

Government classes will also help you prepare to be a lawyer.

Rachael’s Answer

Updated San Francisco, California

Hi Jahayra,

Looking back to high school days, in my opinion, the best class that prepared me is the Advanced English courses (a lot of reading and writing). Also, I think fine arts is good too; it builds your creativity and helps you think outside the box. The practice of law is all about critical thinking - know the law, understand it, and apply it to each fact (i.e. situation). All the best!

Bianca’s Answer

Updated Chantilly, Virginia

Hi Jahayra,

I would suggest any classes that promote critical thinking. Classes that stimulate thought, writing and critical reading would be beneficial in developing a skill set for not only being a lawyer but college and law school as well. Debate is a great place to start. Other great courses would be philosophy, logic, English/grammar/writing courses, and politics/history/social sciences. I hope this helps and best of luck on your endeavors.