Q: How can an incoming freshman in high school best prepare for law school/a career in law?
The most important thing you can do for yourself is to take a speed reading course so you can improve your reading speed, which will magically also increase your reading comprehension. Start on that as soon as you can, and you will never regret it.
Then start reading everything you can on a variety of subjects. Get a well rounded education as an undergraduate. Study logic and oratory. Work hard and play hard, and enjoy every day. This day will never come again, so embrace it and live your life to the full.
If you still want to go to law school, just go for it.
Since our profession is based on convincing the other side that we are right, you need to have excellent communication skills. You must be able to write clearly and effectively. If you want to be a trial attorney then you also need to be able to think on your feet and be able to pivot when necessary.
Read as much as you can and practice writing. If you are in California there are excellent Mock Trial Competitions where students work on one case and present before lawyers and judges! If not, try Debate team as that will help you in preparing your arguments.
Hope this helps! Good luck!!
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