HIGH SCHOOL – One of the single most important parts of your college application is what classes you choose to take while in high school (in conjunction with how well you do in those classes). Work with your high schools acedemic advisor they'll help you balance your schedule between regular and honors/AP/IB courses and how to choose the extracurricular activities that will look good on your college application. Aim to take as many advanced and/or AP courses as possible. Classes in English, Government, Economics, and Math will benefit you well in college and law school (and will pay off even if you change your mind about becoming a lawyer). Volunteer work and leadership experience will help boost your college applications also. If available at your school, you may want to check out Mock Trial or the Debate Team, these activities might double as a way to get a feel for the legal profession.
COLLEGE – You need a Bachelor's degree at minimum in order to go on to law school, and it definitely helps if you end up at a school with a strong reputation. Once you get to college, it's important to keep up your academic performance (your grades will be important when you apply to law school). A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for pretty much every law school in the US, but the truth is that this probably isn't competitive enough. Aim for 3.5+ (the higher the better). Since you're interested in corporate law, for example, you might major in Business. You can gain similar hands-on law experience by getting a student job. A position in a law firm (even in an administrative capacity) will help you get a better idea of the day-to-day work as a lawyer. A paying job also means more funds to cover college and law school expenses.
LSAT – The LSAT is a huge part of your law school applications—it might even be as important as your college GPA. As such, it requires that you dedicate some serious study time to the exam. The recommended study time for the LSAT is 160-300 hours. This comes out to 20-25 hours a week for 2-3 months, which is obviously a serious commitment. The LSAT test is administered only four times a year – usually in February, June, September, and December—so plan on registering months in advance. The latest you can take the LSAT for Fall admission is December of the previous year, although it's best to take it earlier (aim for June or September).
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As Roy mentioned, a number of schools actually offer dual degree programs, where you can obtain your J.D. and M.B.A. concurrently, which often allows you to save (at least) a year compared to completing both degrees separately (i.e., four years rather than five). This opportunity is definitely something to consider during your application process if you are interested in the option of obtaining both degrees. In some instances, this will require being admitted to two separate schools, the law school and the business school, even though you would receive one joint J.D./M.B.A. degree at the end of your program. The alternative would be to enroll in business classes offered by your law school (some schools have “emphasis” programs) and experience internships in this area of law, rather than pursuing an additional degree.
For corporate law it may be beneficial to have an undergraduate degree in business, economics, or accounting. However, your G.P.A. and standardized test scores (LSAT and/or GMAT), will be much more important with respect to law school admissions than your major or the types of classes you take.
Wishing you the best of luck in all of your endeavors!
After that you will need to attend an ABA accredited law school. Many programs will actually allow you to pursue an MBA as well as your J.D. at the same time and have a program set up to facilitate that. Check with law schools in your area to see what programs they offer.
Then all that's left will be to take the bar and get licensed!
I have an MBA, and most people choose to get an MBA when they want to pursue a career in business (not law).
I hope this is helpful! Good luck!