Personal injury attorneys are in great demand as many cases related to personal injury claims are filed each day. This law field is quite lucrative as it involves large settlements in case the opposite party is a big firm or known person. In such cases at times the claim amount is in the millions and the attorney gets a significant portion of it.
A personal injury attorney takes those cases where their clients have been injured or physically or psychologically harmed owing to negligence on someone else’s part.
A personal injury attorney handle only those cases that come under the tort law like workplace injuries, automobile accidents and/or any other accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, and more.
Requirements: Academic & Skill Sets
To become a personal injury attorney, you must take the LSAT exam after completing college. Aim at getting a high score to get into a good law school for a 3 year course.
To become a personal injury lawyer in the US, you need to pass a written bar examination and also a written ethics examination. These exams are different in each state. In order to be eligible for bar exams, you need to have a four year college degree.
Apart from the state bar exam, other exams that you need to take in order to become a personal injury attorney are:
- Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
- Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)
- Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)
- Multistate Performance Test (MPT) (This is required in certain states only.)
As a personal injury attorney, you must remain abreast with the latest developments in the legal arena. For this, you are required to complete a specific number of continuing legal education (CLE) courses.
You can specialize in a particular type of personal injury case too by practicing in particular areas only. You can also attain a certification of specialization by the American Bar Association (ABA).
Skills you need to possess to be a personal litigation attorney:
- Good communication skills to deal with all kinds of clients
- Ability to investigate the facts intelligently
- Good observation and analytical skills
- Ability to prepare legal documentation
- Focused and determined approach to excel
A personal injury lawyer must abide by professional and ethical rules and codes of conduct laid down by state bar associations. An attorney licensed by the state bar association can file legal complaints, prepare legal documents, and offer legal consultancy to victims of personal injury.
A personal injury attorney interrogates his clients to know more about the case and determines the strong points in favor of his clients. He argues his client’s case in a court of law with the aim to attain justice for his client. An important part of the final result of the case is the compensation amount paid by the opposite party.
A personal injury attorney also provides consultancy on legal matters related to personal injury. They are required to keep their clients information confidential.
A personal injury attorney has bright career prospects. If you work independently, you must invest in advertising your practice to attract new clients. Otherwise, you can easily get a job in a law firm at a good salary depending on your experience, expertise, and qualification.
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