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What subjects would me good to take in highschool if I want to become a lawyer?

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Mary Rebekah’s Answer

I agree with all of Dennis's answers! I would also add that high school is a great time to explore different after school clubs that might help you gain skills needed as an attorney. Things like theatre, model UN, debate, and robotics. Learning to work as a team and beginning to become comfortable with speaking and engaging with others can really help you master those skills prior to law school. I wish you the best of luck!
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Mary Rebekah for the advice. Allyson
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Terri’s Answer

I agree completely with the answers already given—you’ll have time to focus on more specific courses to prepare for law school in college. Having said that, there are some skills that every lawyer needs, including strong writing and analytical skills. You will focus on further development of those skills in college, but you can take courses that help you with those skills in high school. English courses that develop your writing skills (both basic skills like grammar as well as the skill of effective organization of a paper) help in that regard. Analytical skills can also be developed in a variety of courses—advanced math courses help with logic, social studies courses help with analysis, etc. Taking a well-rounded curriculum and thinking about how to develop critical skills will help set you up for success in college and, in turn, in law school. Good luck!
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DENNIS’s Answer

Hi Allyson: In high school it is best to just follow the school's main curriculum and get good grades. The profession of law is huge. Lawyers need to know a vast array of information to be good lawyers. Plus lawyers need to understand people. People usually go to lawyers when something bad has happened or when they are buying something (house) or starting a business. Having a broad understanding of the world around you makes you a better lawyer!
At this point, enjoy high school. Stay out of trouble; get involved in your community, get good grades and have fun. I used to teach lawyers about civil trials. One piece of advice I use to give them came back to me years later when I saw the lawyer in Court. The lawyer said to me, "do you remember what you taught us?" I replied I did not. My lawyer friend said "you told us to have fun and if it wasn't fun don't do it!" He told me he was still having fun!
I stand by that advice. Have fun Allyson, don't get into trouble but enjoy high school. Grow up, learn about the world. Explore. Empathize with others. The path to becoming a lawyer is not straight and narrow - it needs all kinds. So go have fun learning and remember the better you is the better lawyer!
Thank you comment icon Thanks for the advice. Allyson
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Jan’s Answer

You do not need to take certain classes in high school in order to become a lawyer. My advice would be to take a college prep curriculum and study as hard as you can and get good grades so that you can be admitted to a good college that will prepare you for the rigors of laws school.
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