Olayemi A.

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What type of law should I study?

I want to become a lawyer later on in life.

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Answering a question like what kind of law should you study is like telling you what to eat for dinner next Thursday! Seriously though, only you can answer that question. Without knowing where you are in school (HS, college, etc.), I can only give you a list of some questions to consider as you work to decide what kind of law you would be interested in:

  • have you thought about what you want to major in when you get to college (almost any major can work with law school but, some are better than others if you have an idea what kind of law you want to practice)
  • what about the law makes you interested in it? (if your interest stems from lawyer TV shows or the false promise of big bucks, then you may not be very happy working as a lawyer)
  • do you like to read? If so, do you read 300 pages or more per week of dense material? (this will be the weekly reading load in law school)

I would encourage you to ask this question to your parents, guidance counselors, coaches, and any lawyers that you may know personally. Do some research and find out what you're really interested in. Get an old book of Supreme Court judicial opinions from Amazon (called the United States Reporter) and read through the cases and see what kind of law really gets you excited. Take this fun but enlightening quiz online on types of law to study: http://www.discoverlaw.org/considering/quiz/ And this one too to determine your personality type and if law may be right for you: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp.

Long story short, there are lots of things for you to figure out before you can decide what kind of law to study. The key is to be curious, learn as much as you can, and then follow your instincts. Good luck.

Last updated May 19 '16 at 09:02

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You have to study it all at an ABA accredited school. Then figure out where you want to head. Law school teaches you how to think...then it's up to you. You'll know

Last updated May 19 '16 at 14:11

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