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Public Interest Lawyers
A high school diploma, a college degree, and three years of law school are minimum requirements for a law degree. A high school diploma is a first step on the ladder of education that a lawyer must climb. If you are considering a career in law, courses such as government, history, social studies, and economics provide a solid background for entering college-level courses. Speech courses are also helpful to build strong communication skills necessary for the profession. Foreign language classes, particularly Spanish, are also useful. Also take advantage of any computer-related classes or experience you can get, because public interest lawyers often use technology to research and interpret the law, from surfing the Internet to searching legal databases.