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Question: What high school classes should you take to become a lawyer?

Answer: Unlike medical school, there are no prerequisites that need to be taken before attending law school. However, there are a number of classes that would be beneficial.

Law school involves a tremendous amount of reading, writing, critical thinking, and analysis. As such, I would take as many critical thinking courses as possible while you are still in high school. Generally, these courses are in the Humanities (English, history, etc.). Try to take Advanced Placement and/or honors courses in these subjects to develop your reading comprehension, writing, and analytical skills.

If your high school offers a philosophy course, I highly recommend that you take it. I also recommend taking a foreign language in high school and in college...Latin would be beneficial for both the SATs and for law school terminology.

Other than those suggestions, take courses that interest you, but also make sure to have a well-rounded curriculum, balancing mathematics, sciences, the Humanities, foreign languages, and electives. In addition, it would be helpful to balance your school-based work with extracurricular activities from a variety of areas. Some of the best learning experiences occur outside the classroom. Many high schools offer mock trial programs, which are a good introduction to the practice of law.

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On 05/30/09
Ashley from AL said:
Thank you so much for anwswering my question direct.It is so hard these days to find something that gets straight to the point.
On 05/29/09
angel from MO said:
Thank you.Found your website and to be honest it is very helpful for anyone who wants to become a succesful lawyer one day.Im going to be a high school student in 2 months and needed to know the classes that would help.Again thank you and to all who want to become a lawyer come check out www.lawforkids.com
On 05/18/09
billy from MN said:
Thanks,this helped me answer all my questions!
On 05/11/09
Desmon from SC said:
SOme classes that we be benefit you is Youth Court, Law Ed, Public Speaking, Sociology, Pshycoligy, and if your school has a Law classes take it.
On 05/08/09
Ariel from IN said:
Thank you so much, this helped me a lot on my school project. This also help me selected the right courses for my freshman year in high school; Since I want to become a fantastic lawyer/ Judge some day! Thank you again!
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