How to Become a Personal Injury Lawyer
Attorney Michael Ehline is a prominent and respected personal injury attorney in California. He earned his doctorate in law post-bar passage. He did so on an obscure program, called "Law Office Study." So he attended law school in the evenings.
Then he worked as a law clerk for several public and private attorneys. Furthermore, this lawyer went on to become a successful, multi-million dollar accident attorney. So this section is dedicated to discussing the many techniques and methods in achieving bar passage. Also, it covers the process of committing your profession to negligence law.
- First Step In Becoming a PI Lawyer
- The first thing is the First.
- How Do I Get Experience In Personal Injury Law Before Becoming an Attorney?
- What will it take to find a Paying Job?
First Step In Becoming a PI Lawyer.
Many individuals want to help fight against evil corporations, overreaching government, and other injury-causing persons. But when we are young, we fail in many ways, in knowing what we want out of life. Some of us are partying; others join the military and seek careers. Others could get wounded in combat, etc.
But our dreams can be altered by acts of God. Our goals can also change, based upon our emotional security. For example, when you are a child, you may want to be a "butterfly" when you grow up. But when you are an adult, your dreams may come more into perspective.
But no matter what, your first step in becoming an injury attorney will be vastly different than another's. Some of you may have gone to a regular college, and then a high law school. Still, others like me may have become lawyers on the Law Office Study Program. Most of all, some people discover they have a calling for helping others. This typically comes with emotional security. We have all seen the movie of the older legal secretary who assisted in a PI case. They even made a movie about her.
Destiny Chooses You, You Don't Choose Your Destiny.
So the choice to be a PI attorney is something that can come soon, or later in life. Some defense lawyers understand this. Some of you may have gone on to work for a big defense firm. But you may be sick of the deny, delay, defend tactics. Often this feeling is more pronounced when a family member gets hurt or dies. You knew all too well they got the shaft in Court. But later, you had an epiphany. After all, you defended the same cases.
And guess what, that's ok. But for whatever reason, you later decided to join the light side of the Force. And it doesn't even matter if you went to college or school, let alone where you went. Most clients don't care where you went to law school. And last, of all, no one ever asks what your GPA was. People care about your track record.
So whatever the case may be, some people, wealthy or poor, may wish to become injury lawyers. It could be when they are young. Or they could desire the goal later. No matter the case, in this tutorial, I will detail what an aspiring attorney must do with or without law school.
In my tutorial on becoming a lawyer with no law school, I set forth that you must first have passion. After that, you need to pass that Bar Exam. Also, while you are studying or reading for the law, you MUST intern or extern for SEVERAL lawyers in different fields of law.
Also, you must learn how to do headers and footers and learn Corel Word Perfect, as well as MS Word. Then you must know how to do fill-able forms like PDF's. The bottom line is if you want to achieve success as a solo, or as an associate, you need to know how to do everything your legal secretary can do. Except, you must do it BETTER. Like a Marine, you must lead from the front. Understand? So Now, how do you get this break?
How Do I Get Experience In Personal Injury Law Before Becoming an Attorney?
So this is a big issue that I never asked anyone about when starting the journey. I learned from jobs in sales that I must sell myself. I sold myself on the basis that I would work for "free." Now, many of you "income inequality" types would argue that I should get paid and not work for "free." But free-market thinkers like me, are simply grateful someone gave us a chance to TEACH US ON THEIR DIME. Get it?
In my case, several busy lawyers were willing to invest their time in me a few days a week. They saw my passion. So I was ready to haul file boxes and learn a file and index system. Eventually, I learned how to respond to and request civil discovery. So you need to get away from the entitlement mentality. You need to understand that whoever takes you on as an apprentice must be able to treat you like a piece of clay. If you screw up, it's on you! So get it right and listen. Get it?
Well, this is a reasonable question. First off, it's not "free," so check your attitude at the door. You are using up a lawyer's valuable time. And if you're ambitious, he or she knows you will leave as soon as you learn what you need to know. Ok, but how will you survive and pay your bills while trying to attain greatness on the way to upperclassman? Well, that is your problem, isn't it?
I, for one, slept on park benches and worked a night shift for ten ($10) bucks an hour at a Los Angeles Home Depot. But eventually, I got a roommate and an apartment. Of course, this was when the lawyers I worked for offered me more money to quit my other job. They hired me to do office grunt work. Eventually, I started making decent money, and after I had passed the bar, I had already tried several cases as a Certified Law Student.
So now I was making appearances in Court and sitting in on depositions on multi-million dollar cases for other attorneys. Slowly, I built up a client base of my own. Next, I quickly made the transition into private practice as a PI lawyer. What is your excuse in not taking up the struggle and becoming a tort law attorney?