Getting into law school, in the United States, involves multiple factors one of which is your performance in undergrad, but not what classes you took. There are some "pre-law" programs in some undergrad schools but I confess that I do not know what they entail nor am I aware if they are helpful. What I am fairly confident stating is that they are not required by law schools.
I studied international business with minors in economics, French and English in undergrad. I knew I wanted to be a lawyer when I applied to undergrad and I believed I wanted to work for a for-profit company that conducted business overseas and in the US. I thought having a business degree would be most helpful in understanding my future clients needs and goals. I combined that with my law degree and have been serving mostly as in-house counsel to organizations working in the US and overseas.
Best of luck!
I agree, for now the most important thing for you to do is focus on doing your very best to get good grades during your high school years and identifying the college of your choice to earn a 4 year degree. I would say that there is no harm in understanding the criteria for pursuing a graduate / law degree. If you understand or have an idea of what will be required of you to get into the graduate / law school of your choice, it can help you with your selection and studies for your undergraduate 4 year degree. I suggest you share your higher education goals with your high school counselor who can help you learn more, navigate and create a path to reach your goals. In the meantime, you can see a list of 2023 Best Law Schools published on the U.S. News site (https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools). It is never too early to start. Best of luck!
Yale Law School
Harvard Law School
Stanford Law School
Columbia Law School
University of Chicago Law School
New York University School of Law
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
University of Michigan Law School
Duke University School of Law
University of Virginia School of Law
It's important to note that attending a prestigious law school does not guarantee success as a lawyer, and there are many successful lawyers who graduated from less well-known schools. Additionally, it's always recommended to conduct more research and to visit the schools in person before applying.
Quality of jobs (based on biglaw + fed clerkship placement): 35%
Full-time, long-term jobs requiring bar passage: 30%
Education cost: 15%
Debt-per-job ratio: 10%
SCOTUS clerks: 5%
Federal judgeships: 5%
You can check out the rest of the rankings and learn more about their methodology here: https://abovethelaw.com/top-law-schools-2022/methodology
I'd like to add that I think your undergraduate major should be something that expands your skills rather than pre-law or something that won't give you an extra skill set. As Ms. Gorman stated, you never know what you might find to peak an interest you didn't know you had.
If I could have gone back and done it over, I would have found an undergraduate degree to compliment law (a stem dergee, foreign language, business, IT, or some such degree). My undergrad was in history, and while enjoyable and helpful for research/writing skills, I haven't found it to be too useful in conjunction with my law degree.
I would also suggest that you do everything in your power to get grants and scholarships. Do the best you can NOW. Good high school grades means better ranked schools/scholarships for college. And the same goes for your undergrad grades going into law school. I coasted through high school and undergrad, and as a result didn't get much in the way of scholarships or grants. My student loans are now comically astronomical. It may seem like a future issue for you to address, but the best way to get through as cheap as possible is to START NOW.
Best of luck!
Its mainly dependent on where you want to study- close by home or out of state. The other thing is what course are you planning on taking. To become a lawyer you need a JD from an accredited school. There are some law schools offering online law degrees but most of those schools are not accredited. You could get some classes done at community colleges to save money but you need to find out if they are transferable to your degree. There is many research on top tiered law school reports online too.