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I am entering the high school next year. I am 14 and really interested in becoming a lawyer. I love to argue my point. My high school offers a criminal justice program. Would this be a good program for being a lawyer? It also comes with a lot of credits to Brown University

Asked on January 31, 2017 under Business Law, Rhode Island

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Criminal justice courses would be good. Writing courses would be very useful, especially ones with persuasive or expository writing, where you have to support your writing with evidence: lawyers do a lot of writing and research. Governmental courses can be useful. Anything involving debating or oral presentations would be good, for arbitration, court, etc., so debate club, model U.N., etc. And if there is a substantive area of the law in which you are interested, classes relating to that area  (e.g. forensics for criminal law; science for patent law; etc.).


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