How to Become a Lawyer

How to Be a Worker’s Compensation Lawyer

A worker’s compensation attorney specializes in accidents that occur at the workplace and helps clients get financial compensation from their employers or insurance companies.

Employers have no obligation to pay compensation if the accident resulted from employee error and the employer followed all worker’s safety regulations. But often employers will try to avoid paying worker’s compensation even when the accident did not result from employee error. The worker’s compensation attorney makes sure his clients’ receive whatever compensation to which they have entitlement.

1. Get ready to work as a lawyer from an early age. Develop your verbal and writing skills and prepare for a lot of studying, work and some difficult exams along the way. Read the profile of a successful law school candidate on the Law Schools Admission Council’s website at http://www.lsac.org/.

2. Earn a Bachelor’s degree from a reputable college or university. You don’t have to graduate at the top of your class, but you should get good grades and finish with at least a satisfactory GPA. Law schools will look at your school records from college and even high school. If you’re serious about a future as a lawyer, take school seriously.

3. Besides your GPA, law schools will look at your LSAT score. The LSAT test comprises five multiple choice sections and a writing sample that will test your logical reasoning, reading comprehension and problem-solving skills.

4. You can search for law schools according to different criteria. Perhaps you want to go to a law school close to home, or maybe you want to apply to a school that will accept your GPA/LSAT combination. You can find the complete list of accredited schools on the ABA website (http://www.abanet.org/) or on the website for the Law School Admission Council (http://www.lsac.org/).

5. Once admitted to law school, you will learn basic things about the legal system in the first part of your studies. You will also learn how to write, think and act as a lawyer. In the second half of your studies, choose those courses that will train you to work as a worker’s compensation attorney.

6. Find a worker’s compensation attorney in your area and discuss the possibility of a summer internship or even getting a part-time job in her office. If you get some work experience to round out your studies, you will have greater chances of getting a job after graduation.

7. Graduate from three years of law school (or five in a part-time program) and earn your degree.

8. Prepare for the bar exam. Some lawyers consider the bar examination one of the most difficult exams of their lives. Take a few weeks or even months to prepare and contact the bar association in your state to find out details about registering for and taking the examination.

9. Obtain your license and start practicing law. Get a job as a worker’s compensation attorney at a law firm that deals with worker’s compensation cases.