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Pre-Med and Pre-Law Programs for High School Students

Decisive students can get a head start preparing for medical or legal careers now

If your child is thinking about a career in medicine or the law, it is never too early to start laying the academic groundwork. That is why more high schools are adding pre-med and pre-law programs. These courses can help students prepare for college and give them an advantage when applying to top schools. But what can parents and students expect from these programs, and how can you decide if one is right for your child?

Successful students are prepared

The competition to get into college and then medical or law school are intense. There are only so many slots available, especially if your child is eyeing a top school. It makes sense to start learning about these careers early.

High school pre-med and pre-law programs immerse students in a new world where they can start to learn the unique languages of medicine or law. Maybe students may begin to determine what specialty they want to study, and they can take advantage of internship programs and opportunities to make connections with professionals in those industries. Those connections can be invaluable when it comes time to apply for college and post-graduate programs.

An overview of the Pre-Med Program

The Pre-Med Program at American Heritage School is designed for students who want to prepare for a career as a physician, medical researcher, physical therapist, chiropractor, or veterinarian.

Students take specific science classes that will prepare them to prepare for college pre-med programs. Licensed Doctors of Medicine teach all courses.

The Pre-Med curriculum includes:

  • Honors Medical Terminology
  • Honors Biology
  • Honors Embryology
  • Honors Chemistry
  • AP Chemistry
  • Honors Organic Chemistry
  • Honors Anatomy and Physiology
  • AP Biology
  • Honors Pathology
  • AP Physics
  • Premed Internship Semester 2
  • Potential Electives
    • Forensic Science Honors
    • Honors Molecular Biology

Participants will attend classroom lectures, tour medical facilities, and colleges, and have internship opportunities as upperclassmen.

The Pre-Med Program is open to students from 9th to 12th grade. They must take a total of nine academic credits by the end of 12th grade, which usually works out to seven classes each semester.

An overview of the Pre-Law Program

The Honors Legal Studies Program at American Heritage School introduces students to the legal profession, with an emphasis on developing writing and communication skills. The courses may help direct students toward a particular area of law, such as a prosecutor, public defender, civil, or corporate law.

All classes are taught daily by attorneys and judges, and students have the opportunity to meet with other legal professionals through the course of the class — ranging from state attorneys and judges to private attorneys.

The Pre-Law curriculum:

  • Business Law
  • Criminal Law I Semester 1
  • Criminal Law II Semester 2
  • Constitutional Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Legal Internship Semester 2
  • Potential Electives: 
  1. Family Law Semester 1
  2. International Law Semester 2
  3. Homicide
  4. Evidence Semester 1
  5. Trial Advocacy Semester 2

Participants will attend classroom lectures; have internship opportunities as upperclassmen; and join the Mock Trial Team, Prelaw Society, and Model U.N.

Mock Trial Team

The Mock Trial program allows students from around the state and region to compete against each other. Students are assigned a case for which they must prepare opening and closing arguments and “witness” cross-examinations.

The program offers an amazing opportunity to learn the rules of court proceedings and how trials are conducted. Advisors are experienced attorneys in the area.

Prelaw Society and Model U.N.

The Prelaw society is an excellent introduction to the American legal system. Students learn through a series of guest lectures from professionals like attorneys, judges, medical examiners, and law enforcement officers.

The Model U.N. is for students interested in international affairs and diplomacy. The program gives students a chance to study and learn about relevant political, social, and legal issues around the world.

Choosing extracurricular activities

Along with specialized courses for pre-med and pre-law, your child should also choose extracurricular activities that will prepare him or her for the field and enhance college applications. Students interested in pre-law might take part in the debate club. Pre-med students might get involved in a science club.

Do not forget about volunteer opportunities in the community. All of these things can help your child learn new skills and make valuable connections.

Prepare for your child’s future now

Getting into medical or law school is something that should start well before applying. One of the best ways is to enroll your child in a high school Pre-Med or Pre-Law Program. Talk to us about the programs at American Heritage School to find out more.

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