Hello there, future fellow lawyer. I am a lawyer and would like to share some advice from an academic, professional and personal perspective.
First, speaking of academic achievement, take some classes in political theory and philosophy. Try to take classes that involve a lot of reading and helping you develop analytical skills. Second, professionally speaking, try to get an internship or some part-time work as a paralegal so you can meet real lawyers and see what it likes to be one. Third, think about your personal goals and why you want to be a lawyer. Are you looking into criminal or corporate law? Or maybe litigation? These are all types of law but they are very, very different. Think about your own personality and what makes you happy. Not everyone enjoys going to court and litigating. Some people are really afraid of taking criminal cases. Others prefer reviewing contracts. Try to meet people who have done different things and get a taste of each of these.
Alexandra recommends the following next steps:
- Look for internship opportunities as a paralegal
- Speak to lawyers from different fields (corporate, litigation, criminal, divorce, trusts and estate, tax)
- Choose some philosophy or political science classes in college