How to Become a Lawyer

How to Be a Nursing Home Lawyer

A nursing home attorney specializes in cases that involve abuses of elderly people who live in nursing homes or other residential facilities.

Nursing home patients can suffer abuse in a number of ways, including sexual assault, unreasonable physical constraint, mental abuse, food and water deprivation, over- or under-medication and neglect. When the family or the authorities discover abuse against nursing home patients, they can bring the nursing home staff or management to a court of law. A nursing home attorney offers legal counseling and advice to victims of nursing home abuses or their families.

Attorneys who specialize in nursing home abuse or neglect know the rights of the nursing home patients and when they can take legal action. The nursing home attorney can obtain monetary damages and set an example for other nursing homes.

1. In order to function as a good lawyer, you will need to develop some skills over the years. You have to learn to speak well and persuasively, become a good negotiator, have an organized mind, and solve problems fast. Start to grow as a future lawyer from your first years of school. Overcome any shyness by taking theater and public speaking classes, solve many math problems and read a lot.

2. After finishing high school, enroll in a college or university. Students who gain admission to law school come from very different backgrounds. If you take becoming a nursing home attorney seriously, specialize in nursing. This will help you in the future.

3. When you near completion of your undergraduate studies, talk to a pre-law adviser at your school. That person can you choose some law schools to which you can successfully apply and can also give you some guidelines about which courses to take once in law school in order to have a career as a nursing home attorney.

4. Earn your bachelor’s degree and register for the LSAT. The LSAT will evaluate your problem solving and critical thinking skills. You will also have to provide a writing sample in the form of an essay. Prepare for the LSAT at least a few months in advance.

5. Gain admission to law school. Even if you get into the law school of your dreams (or maybe your second or third choice), know that most law schools offer the same education. You can make the difference by working hard and studying a lot independently. Brief as many nursing home cases as you can find during your law studies.

6. Graduate and earn your JD degree. Review what you’ve learned during your three years of law school and take the bar exam in your state. Once you pass the exam, you are a practicing lawyer. Contact law firms in your area and get a job as a nursing home attorney.