I’m a sophomore in high school, and I want to become a lawyer. Also, I was wondering what would be good classes to take in high school that may help me prepare for a career in law.
Unlike pre-med programs, pre-law programs aren’t that valuable. They are not established majors. At most, they may offer you a couple of law-related courses or offer minimal advising on the law school application process. However, you don’t have to be in a pre-law program to get this sort of help or to take such classes. Any political science or history program will offer law-related courses that will give you some insight into what you can look forward to in law school.
In fact, many, if not most, students who go on to law school don’t participate in a pre-law program. More than anything, law schools are looking for diversity and students who have learned to think critically, which includes students from majors ranging from theater to studio art to art history to psychology to English to business to science. The possibilities are endless.
So rather than picking a school based on its pre-law program, pick the school that is the best fit for you.
As far as good classes to take in high school, take plenty of history, English, science, and even math courses. Public speaking courses such as speech, debate, or theater are also good preparation for speaking in a courtroom. Debate is particularly helpful for analyzing and evaluating arguments. Good luck!