What type of classes should I take to prepare for college?
Currently I am a highschooler and although I am in classes that prepare me for college I am not taking any classes that can prepare me for law ( I am unaware if there even is any),please write some classes that can prepare me for college as someone who will major as a lawyer.
#lawyer #college #law
As there is such a wide variety of subject matter law deals with and there are no prerequisite classes for law school, it is most important to pick classes you enjoy and that you will do well in. Good luck! You are doing well already by strategizing for your future!
David and Christina are right. There are a lot of different areas in the law for which differing backgrounds and education are helpful. But, as Desiree pointed out, all lawyers need certain basic skills. The quality of those basic skills will, in large part, determine your success in law school and your effectiveness as a lawyer in any area of the law. Those basic skills are:
1. Thinking and reasoning logically and clearly
2. Reading for comprehension, and even nuance
3. Writing concisely, clearly, logically, and persuasively
4. Speaking concisely, clearing, confidently, and persuasively
5. High emotional intelligence - the ability to sense, relate to, and respond effectively to the emotional states of others
6. Willingness and ability to focus on a task and stick to it until it is complete, even if, and especially if, it is tedious or requires a lot of attention to detail
Any classes you take in high school and college, and any extracurricular activities you can participate in that build those six basic skills will help you succeed in Law School and will help you become an effective lawyer.
Glenn recommends the following next steps:
There is no particular required major - or minor - for that bachelor's degree. It's pretty common for people heading to law school to major in History, Political Science, Business, or English. However, you should major in something of interest to you and in which you'll get stellar grades. Having good grades is key to being admitted to law school. So if Math or Chemistry is your passion, do that! (I am a lawyer, my undergraduate majors were Biology and Marine Science.)
To do well in law school - and the practice of the law! - you need to have strong analytical, reasoning and writing skills. Any courses that help develop those "muscles" will prepare you. Depending on what type of lawyer you want to be, you need my need additional skills. For instance, if you what to be a litigator (aka a trial attorney) or in government then you might want to work on public speaking skills.
Desiree recommends the following next steps:
Taking acting courses or joining theater could also be really helpful.
One thing to think about is what kind of lawyer you might want to be. Lawyers can do a lot of different things, from going to court, to writing contracts for businesses, to helping people retire and plan their wills. Try calling some of your local law firms and asking to shadow a lawyer for a day, ask them questions, this would help you see what lawyers do, but also enable you to network and maybe intern for a lawyer to boost your future career aspirations into reality!
David recommends the following next steps: