How to Become a Lawyer

How to Be a Mesothelioma Lawyer

A mesothelioma attorney deals with cases involving people who have suffered exposure to asbestos and have health problems because of it.

Builders still use asbestos in the construction process, even though the side effects of exposure to it remain severe and the medical establishment has known about them for a while. Among the most serious side effects of asbestos is that it causes a form of cancer that affects the chest. Mesothelioma comes from the name “mesothelium,” which refers to a layer of cells responsible for lining certain parts of the body. Exposure to asbestos changes the lining of the lungs, heart and abdominal cavity and proves fatal in most cases.

A mesothelioma attorney has as her job to represent people who bring cases against companies or builders who use asbestos at their construction sites. Sometimes the people whom the exposure to asbestos affects file the claims, while other times the families of the deceased person files the lawsuit. A mesothelioma attorney has to know the laws that regulate the use of asbestos and also understand the medical implications and side effects of exposure to it.

1. Enroll in college or university. Choose a major that will develop your writing, reasoning and problem solving skills. You could go for history or philosophy, or you might choose business if you’re more inclined toward economics. Law schools don’t typically favor one major over another, but they do require their students to hold a Bachelor’s degree and prove they have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

2. After graduating college, register for the LSAT. The Law School Admission Test is a standard examination for prospective law students that the Law School Admission Council organizes at hundreds of locations across the U.S. four times each year.

3. The American Bar Association has approved 199 law schools. Make sure the law school or schools to which you apply have ABA approval.

4. Admission to law school means the beginning of three to five years of hard work. In the first year of law school you will learn about the basics of the legal system. In the following years you can customize your curriculum. Choose those courses that will train you to work as a mesothelioma attorney.

5. Find mesothelioma lawyers in your area and secure a summer internship in their office. You will get hands-on experience that will help you in your future career as a mesothelioma attorney.

6. Read medical journals and studies about the side effects of exposure to asbestos. As a mesothelioma attorney, you will have to know both the legal and medical implications of your cases.

7. Finish your law school program, take your JD degree and prepare for the bar examination in your state. This type of law specialty does not require any specialized bar exam. You will have to review everything you’ve learned in law school.

8. Pass the bar exam and become a licensed lawyer.