What should I major in if I want to be a personal injury attorney?
I'm planning on becoming a personal injury attorney or criminal defense attorney like my dad and I want to know what I should major in because I'm in my sophomore year of high school and the I want to make sure the classes I choose now will help me in college. #lawyer #attorney
I would encourage you to develop your writing skills as you continue through the remainder of high school and college. I have several colleagues that have a wide diversity in their educational past. I would also encourage you to engage in critical thinking and public speaking.
The good news is that law schools don't require any specific major, even if you already know what area of law you'd like to practice in. In fact, law schools generally like to admit a class of people with various majors and experiences. Popular majors include political science, english & philosophy. If you have an interest in personal injury (PI) or criminal defense work, a criminal justice major may be a good fit. Some colleges also offer a pre-law minor. If your college or high school has a mock trial team, it would be good to participate in that as well. While you're in high school, classes in english or government are usually good to have exposure to.
You should also consider volunteering or interning. This will give you something to have on your resume and to discuss in your personal statement when applying to law school. Try seeing what opportunities are available at the local courthouse, district attorney's office, and public defender's office.
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