How to Become a Lawyer

How to Be a Compensation Lawyer

A compensation attorney deals with several types of cases. These professionals represent clients in lawsuits involving workers’ compensation, car accidents and personal injury cases.

A compensation attorney ensures his clients get financial compensation after suffering an injury while working or because of the negligence of another person. Compensation usually does not cover medical expenses or other expenses caused by accidents, such as fixing a damaged car. A compensation attorney also takes into account the psychical and emotional trauma people might suffer as a result of an accident at work or elsewhere. Working as a compensation lawyer takes several years of school and practice.

1. Select a law school and start preparing for the admissions process. It is never to early to get ready for law school, as such institutions usually base admissions primarily on applicants’ GPA along with other requirements. Take college seriously and keep you GPA high.

2. Good law schools will ask you to have a high LSAT score. Purchase study materials and go to prep courses if you want to get a good LSAT score. If the score you get doesn’t prove high enough for the law school you want to attend, retake the test. You can do so four times a year.

4. Organize your time. Make sure to fulfill all the admission requirements before the deadline. The results of the LSAT get sent to schools within three weeks after taking the exam. You might also need time to contact former teachers and ask them for permission to list them as references or ask for recommendation letters. If the application requires you to write a statement of motivation, work on it over the course of several days.

5. Once admitted into law school, start preparing for your future as a compensation lawyer. Take courses that teach you labor law, personal injury law and medical malpractice law.

6. Use your summers wisely. Go to law firms that specialize in compensation cases and talk to anyone who works as a compensation attorney about the possibility of an internship. If they have such an opportunity available, you will have the chance to put your knowledge to practice.

7. Get you JD degree and pass the bar exam in the state in which you want to practice law. Most people find this exam difficult, as it decides whether you have prepared enough to work as a lawyer or not. You will have to answer essay questions on both federal and state law.

8. Start getting clients. List your name in the Yellow Pages under compensation attorney, and also start looking for a job with law firms in your area. You can also find lists of attorneys, according to their state and specialization, on the American Bar Association’s website. Contact them and ask them to put you in their database.