Kevin T.’s Answer
I applaud your desire to join the legal profession. It can be fun and rewarding and mentally and emotionally challenging and stimulating.
For context, I have spent a career practicing intellectual property law, and have had a few trials and oral arguments in court during my career. I agree with Kim's answer above that practicing writing and public speaking is a very good idea. As a prosecutor, you will write a lot of briefs to the court and stand-up and argue before judges and juries, so you have to be comfortable doing that and the best way to get comfortable is to do it over and over again.
I also suggest that you go watch a few trials at your local courthouse. They are typically open and public events, and you can sit in the gallery and watch what people do and what happens in the courtroom.
While there, you can talk to attorneys after they are done presenting their case (not before as they will be very focused on what it is they have to do). Introduce yourself and tell them you are thinking about a career in law as a criminal prosecutor and ask them what they like about their jobs, what they don't like, and why. Ask them for their business cards and ask if you can visit their offices so you understand the context of the job better. Maybe one of those contacts will lead to an internship for you.
You can also research people who are criminal prosecutors to see what they studied in college and where they went to law school. LinkedIn would be a good source of information. They have established the path to success, and you just need to follow it.
You can also research law school courses such as criminal law and criminal procedure and constitutional law. Visit the website of your local law school and read about those courses and what you will learn in them and make sure that interests you.
I hope this helps ... good luck in your studies!
Kevin T. recommends the following next steps:
- Go see a few trials!
- Introduce yourself to attorneys after they have argued and ask them about their experiences.
- Review the bios of criminal prosecutors on LinkedIn to see what they studied and where they went to law school.
- Review the course descriptions for criminal law, criminal procedure and constitutional law available on law school websites.