How to Become a Lawyer

How to Be a Boating Accident Lawyer

Boating accident attorneys represent clients who suffer injuries or damages after a boating accident.

Boating accidents can happen during leisure activities, when people underestimate the dangers of sailing and adventure in unknown waters and while lacking the necessary expertise to sail a boat. But there also occur large-scale accidents involving cruise ships or navy vessels. Boating accident attorneys specialize in personal injury cases or in recovering damages lost in such accidents. Sometimes survivors of those who died in the boating accident file wrongful death suits. If you have considered becoming a boating accident lawyer, follow these guidelines to get your career on track.

1. You cannot get into law school without attending college. You will need to graduate from a four-year college or university and earn a Bachelor’s degree before moving on to the next steps.

2. Take your time to prepare for the LSAT, a test that evaluates your analytical skills. The LSAT has six sections and proves a difficult test for many. You will need a high score to get into law schools—especially if you plan to target a prestigious one—so get all the preparation materials and study hard. Take the LSAT when you’re ready and retake it if you don’t score high enough.

3. Some law schools require only the GPA and LSAT scores for admission. Others have additional requirements as well. Harvard Law School, for example, also requires candidates to have spent time involved in extracurricular and community activities and to have work experience. Good law schools often also require letters of recommendation and personal statements from prospective students. Ensure you read the application procedure carefully.

4. Law school usually lasts three years but sometimes more if you opt for a part-time program. You won’t graduate as a boating accident lawyer specifically, but you should start preparing for your future career while in school. Learn the basics of law thoroughly and also look for opportunities to learn from boating accident attorneys. Ask your teachers for references, and also take the time to contact area attorneys and ask if you can work with them on a part-time basis.

5. Take courses dealing with personal injury lawsuits or that teach maritime law. Boating accident attorneys have to know everything about the laws that govern national and international waters.

6. Get your JD degree and start studying for the bar exam. Find out about the specific requirements of the bar exam in your state. Make sure you consult and learn from books and other sources that apply to the state in which you will sit for the bar exam.

7. Pass the bar exam and start your career as a lawyer. Find firms that employ boating accident attorneys and get a job. Do your best from the beginning to earn prestige and get new clients.