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romko- you'd better pay attention guy, because there is lots of terrible advice on this thread.

you MUST take all of the Honors/AP classes you can in high school. it is absolutely necessary that you get a 4.0. anything less will not suffice. 

your goal for Undergrad has to be Harvard, Yale, or Princeton. Join all of the clubs you can, try to get involved in EVERYTHING.

keep up with your ukranian and augment that with learning two other unique foreign languages, perhaps arabic and chinese to be trendy.
you will need to be in the 99th percentile for the SAT.
study every night for at least two hours until you can get perfect scores in half the time.
once in undergrad, you need to double major in something law schools respect, a good combo like math and economics, or biochemistry and political science.
anything less than a 175 LSAT will screw you, so you'll need to buy all the prep books now and start practicing. take kaplan and testmasters practice courses too..
once you've done all this, you should be in good shape at HYSCCN. don't even bother applying to any of the other schools, as they are only worth the time to attend if you have a full scholarship.

good luck!

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Ok Roman --

I have to agree with Binary Code here.
In high school I basically goofed off. Hey it was waaaaaaaaay fun then but you know what? I regret it. I had some personal problems that affected my GPA, but I also lacked guidance.

So, if you are a real kid and really seeking advice: DO the BEST you can at everything you can while you are young because choices you make now will impact the rest of your life. High School grades affect college choice. College choice (and grades) affect law school choice. Fun is good, but don't ever let it interfere with your grades.
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romko- you'd better pay attention guy, because there is lots of terrible advice on this thread.

you MUST take all of the Honors/AP classes you can in high school. it is absolutely necessary that you get a 4.0. anything less will not suffice.

your goal for Undergrad has to be Harvard, Yale, or Princeton. Join all of the clubs you can, try to get involved in EVERYTHING.

keep up with your ukranian and augment that with learning two other unique foreign languages, perhaps arabic and chinese to be trendy.
you will need to be in the 99th percentile for the SAT.
study every night for at least two hours until you can get perfect scores in half the time.
once in undergrad, you need to double major in something law schools respect, a good combo like math and economics, or biochemistry and political science.
anything less than a 175 LSAT will screw you, so you'll need to buy all the prep books now and start practicing. take kaplan and testmasters practice courses too..
once you've done all this, you should be in good shape at HYSCCN. don't even bother applying to any of the other schools, as they are only worth the time to attend if you have a full scholarship.

good luck!

I have to agree with BinaryCode as well.  I pretty much did everything outlined in his post, EXCEPT crack 175 on the LSAT.  I am now SO SCREWED.  I'm only going to a top 14 law school (I'd rather not name it, because its pretty shameful compared to what I was aiming for [Harvard, Yale, Stanford]).  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't screw up or you'll end up like me.  Follow BinaryCode's advice if you even want a chance at succeeding.

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Young man, you have come to the absolute worst place for advice at this stage of your life. This board is comprised of egomaniac, obsesive-compulsive, anal retentive, degenerates who resemble the accounting monster in Dilbert. The only thing a 14-yr-old boy should be concerned about is girls, and that is a full-time job in itself. You seem like a smart kid. That will do the trick all by itself. Worrying will KILL you.

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Roma, you have at least 8 more years until you apply to law school or take that god foresaken LSAT.  I wish I was 14!!!!!!!!!!!

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Roman, This may not be exactly the advice you've been looking for, but it is sincere. It is admirable that you are already looking toward the future, however I beleive your approach is flawed. You ask what activities to participate in and what books to read to prepare you for law school admissions. I think tailoring your ec's and reading material for one particular goal is inappropriate at this point. High school (and even college for that matter) is a time of exploration and self-discovery and is not the time to limit yourself in any way. Participate in activities that you love and enjoy, try lots of new things and don't feel bad about quitting the ones that you hate. Read all kinds of different books: silly, funny, thought provoking, challenging, easy, whatever. Question authority, question your peers, question yourself. Try out lots of different things to help you to figure out who you are: activities, books, classes, sports, girls, cars, general debauchery. Doing so will help to make you a more well rounded individual, and in the end if you still decide to go to law school, it will make you a better lawyer. Life is not linear, and if you continue to march along this straight planned out path toward law school, you will miss out on a lot of awesome opportunities. Good luck.
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Do the best you can but remember that LS will never see your HS grads. Go to a good college were you will be happy and will be able to do well. Also remember that GPA is much more important then were you go. A 3.8 from a state school looks a lot better then a 3.2 from Harvard. Figure out what you want in a University (location, atmosphe, major) and go there wether it is Princeton or WSU. A good HS GPA will give you those options. Just becareful you don't burn out. By the time you start LS you will have been in school for at least 17 years. Thats a long time for anything. Take time to travel, goof off, intern, whatever. Keep your GPA up and take start worring about the LSAT Spring of your Junior year (college). That way you can take it in June of that year and if need be retake in the fall. Just remember that most schools average score. But above all learn to enjoy life will doing well. Most people can only do one and either wind up unsucessful or overworked and stressed out. Start learning how to do both now and you'll do fine in life. 

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Since you did ask for concrete advice, I'll add this. If you haven't already, then you should read To Kill a Mockingbird and then read Catcher in the Rye. Or don't read them if you don't want to  ;)
And when you are old enough you should watch Election with Reese Witherspoon and Rushmore with Bill Murray - I think they are both rated R though.
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I don't know who's funnier, this guy or the french guy from the aba law school thread.



I'm voting for Ted, although this guy comes in a close second. At least this one doesn't hate America.

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May I also add that you should watch/view lots and lots of porn. This way you'll get a realistic view of what women want. Plus, you'll learn great pick-up lines, like, "Hey, wanna fvck?"