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What are the best colleges to go to in California?

As someone who is considered a minority in a lot of communities I strive to not make that so and fight for equality in society as well as in workplaces, because of this I want to become a human rights lawyer. Currently I am a junior in highschool but I'm unaware of which college I should strive for so if there is any advice on how to pick the perfect college, more specifically the best law college, please post under this question . (colleges in California would be better)
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Rachel’s Answer

Hi Izabella!

You are in luck, California has a number of great colleges--both state schools and private. In order to choose a college, you will want to research how colleges rank in the specific major you wish to study. It sounds like your current desired path is to be a lawyer; degrees in criminal justice, business, political science, or even English would be good starting points to research. Law school will be after your undergraduate degree, so you don't necessarily have to pick the "best" law school upfront as you will apply to a law program later. To name a few schools that have high reputations in the state: UCs (Berkeley, LA, and Irvine being top-ranked), Cal States (Cal Poly Pomona and San Luis Obispo, Fullerton, and Long Beach are high-ranked), Stanford, Whittier College, La Verne, Chapman, University of San Francisco, University of San Diego. You have endless options, especially in California. No doubt you will be able to find the right school for you. You'll have to consider things like cost, whether you want to live on campus, class sizes, access to professors, whether you want a large research school or a small campus, etc. As a junior in high school, you might even consider looking into your local community/junior college to begin taking intro classes that will both give you an introduction to subjects you may want to study in college and also give you a headstart on earning credits toward your future undergraduate degree. Best of luck!
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Alex’s Answer

I think California has a great collection of colleges. I'm curious how the college landscape evolves during / post COVID. I would stay up to date on those things change. I get the sense that not all colleges will survive a post COVID world, unfortunately. Distance learning will likely take a larger role in the education space, for better or for worse.

I think the previous answer has a ton of great points as well.

The last thing I will say about any college experience, it entirely comes down to what you make of it. I know plenty of kids that went to Ivy League schools and they are not fulfilled in their career. On the flip side, I know plenty of people who have gone to random public schools across this country that are achieving very high levels of professional success. A lot of it comes down to passion, drive and commitment.
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Aundraya N.’s Answer

Hi Izbella! These are all great answers. You may also want to consider completing all of your general education courses at a California community college, then transferring to a four year school. This option allows you to earn an Associates degree in a related field (such as Administration of Justice or Law and Society) with a transfer option to a UC or CSU. For more information, check out www.cccco.edu.

Aundraya N. recommends the following next steps:

Explore California Community Colleges: www.cccco.edu
Learn about California College Promise Grant: www.icanaffordcollege.com
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DENNIS’s Answer

Hi Izbella: I agree with both Rachel and Alex. California has a host of GREAT colleges. At this point - keep your grades up and take a college prep course to get good scores to get into the best college you can get into. Most of my choices were made according what I could afford. Keeping your grades up will help with scholarships and financial help. Get involved in civil rights NOW. Our democracy is not a spectator sport. It requires YOU get involved. Get involved in the causes that interest YOU. That will lead to possible jobs and new avenues to explore. Getting into law school is the next step. Good college grades and LSAT scores help. Pick a school that works for you. Schools differ in assorted ways. Check them out before committing. You already seem to be on the right track. Always remember - be true to yourself. Life is what you make it. Enjoy, live, learn and prosper! Good luck!
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