Well, first off you have to consider the problem with traditional
education (which you probably haven't realized since you're still in
the High School system). The problem is that it takes a long time to
really 'learn' anything. Sure, a teacher can throw stuff at you for
1/hr. a day over the course of a semester (3-4 months), but can any of
us really say we fully know a topic after such a short time span?
Knowing enough to make an 'A' on the test is not the same thing in a
topic such as woodworking in comparison to a skilled woodworker who's
been practicing or running a business for 20 years, nor is it close to
a lawyer who's been practicing after gaining his degree for 20 with a
corporation or firm. And really, that's what you're looking at. High
School is a good career stepping stone. Debate is a good platform to
begin learning how to construct a reasonable arguement, wood shop is a
good platform to begin learning wood.
In my experience I think there are way too many lawyers but an infinite
possibility of career options for wood workers. Learning about wood
can really teach you about the world, put you in touch with
science/engineering as well as art. Also, learning the rudiments of
debating skills may be nice 30 years down the road if you practice law
but learning to work with wood is a skill you could use to put yourself
through college- even law school, if you disagree with me and happen to
think there aren't enough lawyers out there.
That said, I'd go with the wood working any day of the week, but, don't
expect to learn all you need (much less want) to know in high school.
Best of luck