How to Become a Lawyer

How to Be a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

A medical malpractice attorney deals with cases related to misdiagnosed injuries or illnesses, wrongful death claims, criminal activity by medical staff, negligent surgeries or insurance scams.

The medical malpractice attorney has to prepare well for the legal field but should also have some medical knowledge.

Medical malpractice lawyers usually have to get testimonies from family members and medical staff as well as understand all sides of their cases. In order to work as a medical malpractice attorney, you have to become a practicing lawyer and specialize in medical malpractice.

1. To gain admission to a law school the American Bar Association approves, you have to hold a Bachelor’s degree and take the LSAT, the two most basic requirements. Some law schools—especially the top-quality ones—will also have other requirements such as extracurricular and community activities, recommendation letters and admission essays.

2. Go to college or university and major in a field that will develop your writing and reasoning skills. Most law schools don’t prefer one major over another, but they do want to see versatility and problem solving skills in their prospective students.

3. All ABA-approved law schools will ask for LSAT test results. Just taking the LSAT is usually not enough, though. You will need to get a good LSAT score, which means taking studying seriously, getting preparation materials and spending some months getting ready for the test. Register for the test and take it before December, the usual deadline for application to most law schools. Ensure you check the deadline of every law school to which you want to apply as well as the list of requirements.

4. Once you get into law school, you will spend a lot of time reading and briefing cases. Study for your tests at least one month before taking them. You will mostly have to answer essay questions, so good writing skills will help. Learn about medical malpractice and insurance law once you can choose your curriculum.

5. Study medical malpractice cases and determine the most common mistakes doctors and other medical professionals make. Research the medical side of the cases. Read medical books and journals to get the basics of the medical language. Getting some medical background aside from your legal training will help you greatly in your career as a medical malpractice attorney.

6. Upon graduation from law school you will get your JD degree and have the ability to take the bar examination. The bar exam is expensive and difficult, so do your best to pass it on your first try.

7. Advertise yourself as a medical malpractice attorney. Come across as patient and friendly with your clients and get good results with your first cases. As you build prestige, clients will start seeking you out.