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How to Become a Personal Injury Lawyer
by Silas Reed
The law is a field that many people get into not just for the money, though, as they oftentimes have a passion for helping people. Those who are interested in getting into law in order to become a personal injury lawyer are those who want to make sure that innocent people get what is truly owed to them. People who enjoy making sure that justice is put above everything else do well as personal injury lawyers in terms of profit and personal satisfaction.
In order to become a personal injury lawyer, you have to make sure that you have a four-year college degree before you can even think about law school. And then, before being accepted into law school, you have to pass the LSAT with a high score. Only then will you be accepted into law school. Law school itself takes about three years to complete which means there is a total of seven years required for schooling in order to join the ranks with other attorneys.
Besides just making sure that you are attending college, there are things to do and steps to take that will make sure you have a better chance at getting a good job as a lawyer. During school, you will want to find a job as a clerk for a law firm. Since you are going to law school to become one of the personal injury attorneys out there, you should try to focus on a personal injury firm for your place of employment as a clerk. You will not only gain experience this way, but you will also find that you will have the advantage of networking with other attorneys.
You will also want to make sure that you are studying a good bit on the various medical conditions that come from the typical injuries that make their way to attorneys. Also, try keeping a list of a few good and reputable doctors so that you know who you could call on in order to have an expert witness for the injury trails that you will be working eventually.
Once you have graduated law school you will have to pass the bar exam and then you will be good to go. While you could open your own practice, with no experience and a fresh degree, you may not find enough clients to support your personal and financial expenses. The best thing to do is to go to work for another law firm. This will allow you to focus on being a lawyer without having to worry about advertisements and business expenses. Once you have gained enough experience and have helped a good number of people, you can then consider going out on your own.
You may want to look into various business courses as well, because attorneys who want to make it in their own office need to have a lot of business sense about them. When you run your own firm, you have to be a lawyer and a business professional. There are a lot of obstacles that you will have to push through, but you will be able to make it and create a wonderfully secure financial future for yourself if you stick with it. Generally, a personal injury lawyer can expect to make around $80,000–$100,000 a year, which is not bad. Even though you will have a lot of school loans to pay back, the pay is still considerably high. Stick with it, perfect your skill, and watch your earning grow into several hundred thousand a year with no problem at all.
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