How to Become a Lawyer

How to Be a Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal injuries can occur in almost any environment: at home, in the workplace, in restaurants, in parks, in schools, while driving, etc.

A person can file a personal injury claim when the accident occured because of another person’s negligence. A personal injury attorney offers legal advice and guidance from the moment the accident occurs to representation in a court of law. As many personal injury cases settle outside the courtroom, a personal injury attorney has to have good communication and negotiation skills. A personal injury attorney takes on cases against individuals or companies and fights to get the maximum compensation possible for his clients.

1. You need a four-year undergraduate education as a prerequisite for admission to most law schools. Few law schools admit students without a Bachelor’s degree. One of the exceptions, Cooley Law School in Michigan, has the approval of the American Bar Associations and admits students with only 60 undegraduate credits. The State Bar of California also regulates a few online law schools, but these do not enjoy accreditation from the American Bar Associtation. Besides a Bachelor’s degree, you will need a satisfactory GPA for admission to law school.

2. Another condition most law schools impose involves having a good LSAT score. The LSAT score and GPA required differ from school to school. Check the websites of the law schools to which you want to apply to get a full picture of their requirements. You can also find admission statistics on the Law School Admission Council’s website at http://www.lsac.org/.

3. If you have any work experience or have undertaken extracurricular activities and community work, ensure you list that on the resume you send out to law schools along with other application documents. Law schools tend to put more and more weigth on the versatility and life experience of their applicants.

4. Make a plan to finance your law school studies. You can apply for a grant or scholarship or take out a student loan. Law school tuition fees are high, and you have to add to that the living expenses, traveling and study materials you’ll have to purchase.

5. You will study law for three years in a full-time program or up to five years in a part-time program. You will get the chance to focus on your specific interests in the second half of your studies. Take personal injury law courses and study personal injury cases on your own.

6. Undertake an internship in the office of a personal injury attorney and get a long-term, part-time job if time allows. Law school can prove academically challenging, and you might have time to work during the summers only.

7. Earn your law degree and take the bar exam. Once you pass the bar exam, you become a certified lawyer and can practice law.

8. Start getting clients for personal injury cases. Remember that a personal injury attorney should come across as friendly and understanding, as clients have gone through painful and even traumatic experiences.