How to Become a Lawyer

How to Be a Construction Lawyer

A construction attorney represents contractors or building professionals, such as architects or engineers, in cases dealing with the building process or related improvements.

Typically a construction attorney assists residential owners throughout everything, starting with buying a property to the construction and post-construction contracts. They represent clients in disputes that might arise and see to it that contracts meet legal requirements. A construction attorney has expertise in land acquisition, financing, bidding, negotiation of contracts, insurance and coverage issues, and so on. If you have considered a career as a construction lawyer, follow these guidelines.

1. Becoming a lawyer takes determination and passion. You will need to study hard and pass a series of difficult examinations before you get to practice law. You should determine the specialization you want to follow when you start law school in order to focus on your interests.

2. Make a list of all the requirements of the law school you want to attend. With very few exceptions, law schools ask for a Bachelor’s degree, a good GPA, a high LSAT score and other specific requirements.

3. The LSAT will test your logical and verbal reasoning skills. The Law School Admission Council advises students to prepare for the test beforehand to ensure they have familiarity with the types of questions asked on the test. You can take a free LSAT test on the website of the LSAC (http://www.lsac.org/) and can use it to get an idea of your necessary level of preparation. You can also take a prep course, which costs $1300 for eight weeks of classes.

4. Getting into a good law school does not easy, but you can do it if you start preparing early. Once admitted, you will start your first year with general courses on the legal system and the basics of law. In the following years you will have the opportunity to choose most of your courses. Discuss with your teachers the career you want to follow and ask for advice about what courses you should choose.

5. A construction attorney usually has a big workload and can use some help. Look for a construction attorney in your area and explain you are a law student looking to learn and work—then ask if you can help the attorney. You could do anything from research work to paper work, but this proves a good way to start while still in school.

6. Get you Juris Doctor degree and start studying for the bar exam. Take the bar exam seriously, as this is the last step on your journey before becoming a practicing lawyer.

7. Take the bar exam in your state and start building you career. Check out the virtual career center on the American Bar Association’s website to get some guidance and advice on finding a job and specializing as a construction lawyer (http://www.abanet.org/).