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I want to study law but not sure what subjects need to be taken,so need some advice on that.

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Jay’s Answer

While I don't have any experience with South African Barristers, I would suggest you give some thought to what kind of law you would like to practice. If you are more introverted and don't want to be heavily involved with client interactions, then you should think about research as a focus area, or if you love the stage, you may want to get more involved in trial law. on the other hand, you may find that you like keeping things on track and orderly, therefore corporate law may be a good fit or if you are wanting to focus more on criminal justice, then you could lean toward defense law or becoming a prosecutor.

The main point here is to do some self analysis and try to align yourself to a few different good options for you. With that, you will be better positioned to find a law school that is aligned to your focus areas and from there you will be able to better decipher the kind of course work preferred by that law school.

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John’s Answer

Hi, Sithelo: good that you're thinking about this now. The answer to your question will be found on the admissions office websites of most law schools. So, for example, here's what you can find on the Harvard Law School admissions webpage: http://hls.harvard.edu/dept/jdadmissions/apply-to-harvard-law-school/ and read the part about Standard for Admissions. In general, most law schools require a well-rounded liberal arts course of study. Most of all they look for top-notch grades, great letters of recommendation and a good score on the LSAT. Best of luck in your search for the best law school.
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Doris’s Answer

Hi Sithelo, There are many different types of lawyers. I work on litigation. I must speak in public and write briefs to convince the Court of the merit of my client's position. The classes that helped me the most from my studies include literature, writing and public speaking. It is also important to have a well rounded education and have the ability to understand the basics of problems from many fields. I have found that my courses in biology and concerning the physical world have also been helpful. Good luck with your studies.
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