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What can I do to decide what I want to be in life

I’m interested in criminal law and justice. I’m considering being a lawyer, some of my favorite classes are humanities, math, and science. I’m also considering being a therapist but I’m not sure. I wonder steps I could take to further conclude my decision on what I want to be in life.

Thank you comment icon It appears you are working at cross purposes. Law? Yet your interests appear otherwise. Humanities, math, science. This is not to say the above cannot be combined with law. But I'm having a problem with the connection. ' I can see it. But can you? I need to know more where your thoughts are going. Sorry, I'm not much of a help. Jerry Tingstad

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Jerry’s Answer

It appears you are working at cross purposes. Law? Yet your interests appear otherwise. Humanities, math, science.

This is not to say the above cannot be combined with law. But I'm having a problem with the connection. '

I can see it. But can you?

I need to know more where your thoughts are going.

Sorry, I'm not much of a help.
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Meredith’s Answer

Hi Jocelyn, there are many different types of lawyers- in addition to the suggestions provided I would suggest seeking out professionals to have coffee with, shadow and maybe intern. Take a few law classes and ask yourself why you want to be a lawyer. What are you looking for from a career? What draws you to the legal field? What are your goals in life? What careers, and in particular legal careers allow those goals and ambitions to align? Like any specialty different types of law attract certain types of people, require different types of skills, and allow for different types of lifestyles.
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Christopher’s Answer

I would focus on what type of law appeals to you, and then look at the best schools for that area. the vast majority of corporate lawyers were hired from a highly rated private firm. These firms exclusively recruit from the the top 10% of law schools. And you need a very high LSAT and College GPA to gain admittance to Harvard / Yale / Columbia / Stanford/ Duke /U Chicago / Berkeley etc. These highly rated schools also are better at placing students into desirable internships and clerkships, which greatly enhance you chances of landing a coveted job after graduation. Other less prestigious law schools may excel in a particular area of law, like environmental law. Northeastern University in Boston has a very strong coop program, which gives the graduates an edge in hiring. If you are interested in Intellectual Property law, the best way to get a job is to major in a scientific discipline in undergrad, like life sciences or hi tech. Or if the arts is your passion, have a strong background in that. Lastly, the most common path to a criminal law practice is to start as a prosecutor. Theses jobs have a lesser requirement that you graduate for one of the highly rated schools, and are a function of your internship experience and political connections.

Christopher recommends the following next steps:

Define what area of law you want to focus on.
Understand what background you need to be best qualified to land a job in this area of practice.
Identify the schools that best qualify you.
Visit those school and talk to their admissions department.
Find lawyers in the field of practice you like and talk to them. Use LinkedIn, or your state bar association.
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Jocelyn, thanks for the question. It's hard to know for sure at your age what career path you will take, just remember you can always change your mind. For example, I always wanted to go into family counseling until one day I what as in class and it put a whole new prospective on the situation. All of my work had basically been about family who got back together or parted on a good note. Well in this exercise the husband killed his wife and his self, and their children were put up for adoption. That gave me reason to pause I wasn't sure I could handle that kind of drama. Well, whatever you do whatever you have a passion for go for it.
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Ashley’s Answer

There are multiple ways of figuring out what you want to do in the future. One is doing research and knowing what you may possibly be getting into. There are many who choose a career path, but are not familiar with the background information needed to follow the path. Another way is talking to people who are in the fields you are looking into. You can connect with them whether through school, online (social media including LinkedIn). An even better way of knowing what you want to do is through internships. If you are capable of getting an internship do so because it allows you to experience how it would be like to work in such field. Hopefully this helps
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. It seems you have wide range of interests.
Below are my suggestions:
1. Can you rank your interests? Which one you like more? Can you rank them?
2 Identify the top 3 interest and find out the relevant careers
Eg you are interested in Maths. Would you like to be a accountant, banker, maths teacher, etc.
3 Choose a few careers that you like.
4. Speak to someone who works in these careers or seek advice from your school career counsellor or your parents
5. Shortlist 1-2 careers. Identify the relevant subjects in the college
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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