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CAREERS TO CHOOSE FROM?

Hi, I have a bunch of questions regarding law and career. I want to study law but I am pretty unsure what degrees/Jobs are the top paying.
I am pretty interested in those jobs that are shown in the criminal documentaries/investigations. I have truth interests in Forensic science, Criminal Justice, International relations, criminology, political science, legal studies/justice, public relations. I have an interest in being a lawyer, judge/attorney or doing it later in life. I want to be an actress but I also want to be a lawyer, I want to do it as a later career in life.
I want to do this but also have another degree like IT/Computer science, Liberal arts, real estate. So my questions are as follows: Do I necessarily need to study real estate or can I just do a course and become a real estate agent? (I want to do real estate as a side hustle)
Can I be enrolled in two universities (Online and physical)? Can I study two different majors at the same time? Eg IT and Criminology. (dual degree/Double major).
What are the top law majors/degrees and Jobs?
What internships can I do around Arlington Texas that can secure me a good job or give me experience?
Does Howard University allow double majors or degrees? What top universities allow double majors/degrees? (Do they allow customization?)
What extra curricular can I do that’ll give me experience?
What subjects/courses can I take in high school for exposure?

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Terri’s Answer

It's great to see you have so many interests! This might make picking a career a bit tricky, but it also opens up a world of possibilities for you. Remember, if you decide to venture into the legal field, your diverse interests could guide your future practice. For instance, your interest in IT or computer science could lead you toward intellectual property or cyberlaw. If real estate piques your interest, you could consider becoming a real estate lawyer.

The best part is, there's no rush to make these decisions. As you begin your college journey, take the time to explore what truly captivates you. Enroll in a mix of courses to get a taste of different fields and discuss potential career paths with your professors. Internships can also be a valuable tool in helping you pinpoint your passions.

While you're figuring things out, regular check-ins with your academic advisor can be really beneficial. They can help ensure the classes you select also help you make progress toward a diploma, saving you from spending extra time and money on your education. Colleges are generally well-prepared to help students who are still deciding on their career path or major.

And if you do decide that law school is your calling, don't worry about your undergraduate major. Law schools welcome students from all academic backgrounds!
Thank you comment icon Terri, thank you! Mariam
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Mariam !

It's wonderful that you are interested in careers in Law, Forensic Science, Criminal Justice, International Relations, Political Science, Criminology, Judicial, Acting, IT and Computer Science and Real Estate. Liberal Arts is not a career. My advice is to choose one. It is awesome to be interested in various subjects, but recognize that you have not realistically chosen one to focus on to become a professional at. An overloaded interest bank of subjects will maintain your uncertainty and a career should never be chosen from TV shows or movies because their purpose is for entertainment. You didn't mention your age, but there is always plenty of time to choose what you want to be prepared and qualified for after your academic studies and obtaining your degree. Many people may not agree with this, but you will be able to do your best with one major and a minor in college.

Becoming a lawyer requires going to Law School, four years undergraduate plus three years of law school - seven years total. Being a lawyer requires a lot of training and experience and you may not be ready to put your Law Degree to rest while you pursue a different career only to see that later on in years you qualify less for good lawyer positions. Lawyers graduate and are active as attorneys right out of Law School after passing the Bar Exam.

Double majoring seems to be "a thing" these days, but I caution in favor of choosing one major with a minor and staying away from double majoring. You may have to go longer than 4 years just to get a Bachelors Degree plus the exhaustive overload of taking many courses a semester may lead to not being able to complete all the class requirements affecting grades. I honestly would advise not double majoring. A study for a career should not be rushed, bombarded, overloaded or crammed. If you insist on double majoring, check with Howard University as to what the university will expect of you regarding academic achievement as well as tuition fees since you have mentioned Howard University specifically. Again, I advise highly giving it time to choose one major and a minor.

For real estate and for all the other interests you've mentioned, I would recommend in person, on site education. To be the best you can be, meeting professional contacts, having support and resources at hand and full participation and interaction, I advise doing it in person on a campus.

As for what career you will do immediately and which one you will do later on, you almost cannot decide that now since you haven't pinpointed one career. What happens is as you live life, things unfold that will show you how to manage your interests and which ones can be soon after graduation or for later on in years. Sometimes we cannot plan these things as so much changes and our interests and life changes, so you can let things flow in a natural pattern and focus on the here and now. Prepare yourself for a first career. You will discover which sidelines you can or cannot do while working one major career. You will also find out what you should specialize in with Law once you start your education and discover for yourself which area of law you like best.

I hope this is of help and I encourage you to keep asking questions about college and career ! Best wishes to you in all you do !
Thank you comment icon Hey, thank you for the response. I am 15 but i’m graduating early. I’m going into 11th grade next year. “and a career should never be chosen from TV shows or movies because their purpose is for entertainment.” Yes, thank you. It is from these shows I discovered my passion and after making research about it, it’s something i know deep down I really want to do. I have considered other careers but I just keep redirecting myself back to these. I was thinking of getting a liberal arts degree as I can get exposure to various career paths. Also during my research I came across something that said you can go to law school with any degree. You just need to pass the exam. I was thinking maybe I can get a bachelors for another degree and then get a l JD. But thank you for your advice!! Mariam
Thank you comment icon You are very welcome. I do stand by my advice and wish you all the best in your choices for your future ! Have a great day ! Michelle M.
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Aubrey’s Answer

Hey there, I would first recommend not picking a career based only on being top paying. There's a famous saying find something you love and never work a day in your life. Seeing the two very different paths you have laid out I would highly recommend an internship or volunteering/ networking in the fields that interest you most. Talking to people in those fields and getting some hands on experience will help you navigate what you will like about each of these and what path better fits your life. I found my passion/ career through networking, I had no idea what I wanted to be in high school or in my early 20s, and never would have pictured myself as a Business Development Manager.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for advice. I have a question though. What did you study in University/College? Also my top choice is law, I have a passion for it but sometimes I doubt it. But thank you!! Mariam
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