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I'm in 7th grade and I was wondering what it's like to be a lawyer?

In school I've always been interested in history, specifically law and government. I just wanted to know how it would affect my daily life or how many classes and years it would take to be prepared.
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I believe I was in the 7th or 8th grade when I decided I wanted to become a lawyer. There is so much you can do with a law degree. You mentioned an interest in history, law and government. You may want to consider working as a politician or a lobbyist. Continue to work hard so you can earn a college degree after you finish high school. After college, law school is an additional three years. There are also public policy schools out there and some students choose to get degrees in both. The impact on your daily life really depends on the type of law you're drawn too. Consider taking a field trip to the city council office one day and the courthouse to watch a trial. Best wishes. N Rutledge

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I believe I was in the 7th or 8th grade when I decided I wanted to become a lawyer. There is so much you can do with a law degree. You mentioned an interest in history, law and government. You may want to consider working as a politician or a lobbyist. Continue to work hard so you can earn a college degree after you finish high school. After college, law school is an additional three years. There are also public policy and government schools out there and some students choose to get degrees in both. The impact on your daily life really depends on the type of law you're drawn too. Consider taking a field trip to the city council office, the state legislature, and/or the courthouse to watch a trial. Seeing lawyers at work in different capacities will be the best source of information for you. Best wishes.

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Consider planning a field trip to a local courthouse to watch a trial; a city council office or state legislature to get a better idea of what some lawyers do.

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My father-in-law is a lawyer and mostly does wills and probates. He works a 9-5 job, has full control of his schedule, and is able to pick the clients he wants to work with. He is able to take off time from work or work from home in order to come visit us for 1-2 weeks at a time. He has a very good quality of life.

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Richard’s Answer

You are smart to be thinking about a career so young! I am a physician, but my wife is an attorney. We both attended college (she majored in history). College is typically 4 years. Law school is 3 years. We spent many hours at the library!

In college, if you decide to major in History, there are a lot of writing classes. This is excellent preparation for law school. Since you like history, you would probably enjoy reading much of the case law that deals with famous cases throughout history.

How a career in law would affect your daily life really depends on which law you choose to practice. There is a wide variety.

I would suggest using your summers in college to intern or volunteer at the areas where you might be interested in practicing one day.

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