Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Begin the Career as a Litigation Lawyer

A litigation lawyer is involved only in such cases, which cannot be settled out of the courtroom but needs litigation. These types of lawyers may practice in several domains as per their personal interest and experience. The various cases dealt by a litigation lawyer may involve estate disputes, contractual disputes, defamations lawsuits, insurance claims, or criminal cases.

Although, a litigation lawyer may specialize in specific field of law, but he may practice in any of the domains covered under the legal statute. Most of the law firms appoint litigation lawyers to meet the clients’ requirement demanding for litigation cases. To begin a career as a litigation lawyer, the initial step starts way back in the school days. One has to be active in debating that gives him/her the knowledge about putting across the arguments and negotiating over them.

Also, developing the communication skills is important as it gives you the confidence to put your pleadings in an effective manner. However, apart from these personal traits, there are a few professional requirements which are vital to start the career as a litigation lawyer:

  • The first and foremost thing is to seek an admission to an undergraduate program after the schooling. You may select any stream for studies. However, for pursuing technical litigation domain, a science graduate is preferable. A graduate is a must for most of the law school admissions and also, make sure you secure excellent grades doing your undergraduate program. While selecting a subject for major, opt for the most suitable subject with reference to the legal field of specialization you have to pursue.
  • Apart from keeping your grades up and scoring a good GPA, you also need to clear a LSAT (law school admission test) after graduation and before getting into a law school. Some of the law schools give equal weightage to the graduation GPA and LSAT scores, so you need to do well in the test. Once, you have registered for the LSAT, you can appear four times for the test. Hence, in case, you are not satisfied with your first time LSAT scores you may opt to take the test again.
  • Once you pass the LSAT test with satisfying scores, you may apply with various law schools of your choice and also submit teacher reference letters, letter of motivation and also the documents from the school. The procedure of consideration of the applications and verification of the documents may take long up to a few months. 
  • After you are enrolled into a law school, be focused on your studies, aim at securing good scores, and discuss the field of litigation law with the teacher and seek advice and guidance to pursue a career in the same. It is preferable to start doing internships with law firms during the free time such as summer vacations. It is preferable to assist in litigation domain to grab early experience.
  • After finishing your Juris degree of law, apply with the Bar association. This gives you the authority to practice litigation law in the state you have registered in.

Litigation legal field is vast and scattered over numerous domains and to begin a career as a litigation lawyer, one has to have expertise in the specific field along with good negotiation and persuasive skills. Excellent communication skills are a must to boost your confidence during court room trials.

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