What are resources for students interested in law?
Hello! I am a 13 year old and I am interested in becoming a lawyer when I am older. I am not exactly sure what type of lawyer but maybe a criminal or immigration lawyer. I really want to be a lawyer, but I don't know any resources for myself (13 y/o). Does anyone know of any resources such as virtual camps and webinars I could use for helping me come closer to my goal? Other types of resources are fine too. #lawyer
IMPROVE ON YOUR LANGUAGE SKILLS
COMMUNICATION IS KEY – You’ll need to speak or write clearly and with conviction. Many lawyers majored in English as undergraduates. Start now by reading a lot, even outside of school assignments. It is impossible to overstate the importance of developing strong writing skills. Treat writing assignments, regardless of the subject, as opportunities to strengthen build communication skills for a law career. The research required for many writing assignments will further augment your skill set. Get in the habit of frequent reading. The more you read, the better your reading comprehension can become. Law school requires a large amount of reading as part of the coursework. Some students benefit from learning to speed read in order to master their assignments.
LEARN TO LISTEN – The legal profession isn’t all about talking; it’s also about listening. Listening is an easy skill to practice in all areas of your life, from academic to social. Developing these skills to listen effectively is the key to a successful mediation, to frame the issues, keep your client informed, and advocate your client’s position.
GAIN PROSPECTIVE – You might have relatives or family friends you can start with. You might have relatives or family friends you can start with. If you don’t know anyone, ask your teachers if they can help with any introductions. Many legal professionals will be flattered that you want to hear their thoughts and will happy to speak to you. Just remember to show them respect and thank them for taking time out of their busy schedules to help.
STAY ON COURSE – Organization is a required skill for law students and lawyers. You might as well develop it now. Start a law school file. In your file, you should keep everything relating to law school so that you don’t have to do the same work twice. You should create folders for your undergraduate information, for each law school you plan to apply to, and for general information relating to law school. Later on, you will add folders for your resume, your letters of recommendation, and other documentation you'll need latter for your pursuit in a law career
KEEP IT LIGHT – Pursuing a law career means you’re going to be attending school for a long time. If you don’t enjoy yourself, you’ll burn out. Just make sure you’re well-rounded and take classes that challenge you in the positive sense for now. It's admirable that you're motivated enough to plan ahead for more than ten years into the future, remember that you can't just skip ahead and get to law school. Concentrate on having a little fun with your friends, family, hobbies and school right now.
I wish you the best of luck in your high school, college and your law pursuits Apoorva. Even if you’re still deciding what you want to do when you get older, you’re taking an important step by exploring the options. Preparing for a law career will also prepare you for your academic and success in life.
John recommends the following next steps:
You can go to sites like www.careeronestop.org to find information on career exploration, training, and jobs. This site has tons of great information as you begin your search. You can look at different careers and what it takes for you to receive training, watch videos on different job types, and get questions answered.
You can also go to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at https://www.bls.gov/audience/jobseekers.htm to look at various occupations and learn about the current and future jobs outlook, advancement and training requirements, employment, salary, and a 10 year outlook for those occupations. There are also lots of other topics to explore on this page that will give you great information to help you get started.
In addition to the wonder advise provided. I would like to suggest getting involved in public speaking and Mock Trial. Public speaking is a great opportunity to develop your speaking skills. Mock Trial will allow you to learn about the legal system in a competitive manner.
Lastly, in addition to getting good grades make sure you have fun and enjoy yourself, and find out where you can make a difference in the world.
Best of luck to you!
Best of luck to you!