How to Become a Lawyer

How to Be a Litigation Lawyer

A litigation attorney works as an expert in cases that don’t settle outside the courtroom and go to trial.

Law firms will typically hire a litigation attorney to help with cases and adapt to the specific needs of different clients. Litigation lawyers deal with various types of cases, including criminal cases, civil case, capital offenses or property disputes. A litigation attorney does not specialize in a specific branch of the law but yet can deal with any kind of trial. Litigation attorneys have to focus on what happens in the courtroom to convince the judge and the jury by sometimes putting on something of a show. A litigation lawyer has to have excellent public speaking skills and a versatile mind.

1. Develop excellent verbal skills from an early age. Join your school’s debate team to learn argumentation techniques and get accustomed to public speaking. Understand that becoming a lawyer will take a lot of work and studying, so get ready by developing good learning habits.

2. Go to college or university and follow a four-year undergraduate program. Most schools will not favor a specific major or minor, but they will ask for a wide-ranging liberal arts education. A philosophy major, for example, will help with your argumentation skills. Whatever you choose, make sure you have a high final GPA, which will factor heavily in your admission file.

3. Register for and take the LSAT (Law School Admission Test). Some students take the LSAT during their senior year of college. You want to get a high score, so you might have to retake it. You can sit for the test four times a year for a registration fee of $136 each time.

4. Register with the Law School Admission Counsel (LSAC) online at http://www.lsac.org/. You’ll have to submit your school transcripts, letters of motivation, recommendation letters from teachers and any other documents the law school to which you want to apply requests. The LSAC will send your documents and test results to the law schools you choose.

5. It will take several months before you get an answer from the law schools and another several months before you can enroll in law school. Use the time to get some work experience. Accept any type of job in a law firm or legal office to start building your resume.

6. Once your law studies start, focus on becoming a litigation attorney. Talk to your teachers about the career path you want to follow and get some guidance on what courses you should choose.

7. Undertake an internship in the litigation department of a local law firm. Do your best and keep in touch with the law firm in order to apply for a position as a litigation attorney after graduating.

8. Apply to take the bar examination a few months in advance while you’re still in law school.

9. Get you JD degree, pass the bar exam and start practicing law.