To become a lawyer starting from the 12th grade, follow these steps:
1. Apply for admission to a university and pursue a BA/BS degree in a field that interests you, aiming for a high GPA.
2. Throughout your undergraduate studies, continually assess if becoming a lawyer remains your goal and research what it entails.
3. If you decide to pursue law, start studying for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
4. Register and take the LSAT, aiming to achieve a competitive score.
5. Research law schools based on your budget, preferred location, and desired area of legal practice.
6. Apply to your chosen law schools.
7. Upon acceptance, complete your Juris Doctor (JD) degree at an accredited law school.
8. Study and pass your state's bar examination to become a licensed attorney.
For more detailed information, check out this guide on becoming a lawyer: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/articles/how-to-become-a-lawyer-a-step-by-step-guide
Best of luck in pursuing your legal career!
Steward "Tony"’s Answer
Here are a few tips on becoming a better lawyer:
- Act with honesty and intregrity in all areas of your life - this helps to create trust in you as a lawyer
- Do not be afraid to ask questions if something is not clear - avoiding misunderstandings can save time
- Be clear and concise when you are writing - in legal documents ease of understanding wins over fancy words
- Do not always take someone's word for something - verify information where possible
- Keep calm - this helps others to have confidence in you
- Do not feel you have to give an answer to a legal question immediately - it is fine to say you need time to check
I hope this helps and I wish you all the best with your future career.