By Dennis Hung • January 11, 2019•Careers
Medical malpractice lawyers are responsible for representing clients who sustained injuries due to the negligence of a doctor. It may include injuries sustained from mistakes made during surgery, injuries from the use of inappropriate therapies, and trauma caused during birth. As with other legal professionals, medical malpractice lawyers work in their offices, but sometimes they might need to visit their clients at the hospital or their homes. Their work hours fall under the regular working hours, but some cases can demand long hours and attention than others. These legal professionals may either work for an insurance firm or private companies. While the potential for a high income is high, medical malpractice lawyers might need to cope up with a lot of stressors. The following are the requirements to become a qualified and licensed medical malpractice attorney.
A Bachelor’s Degree
Earning a bachelor’s degree is the first step to qualifying as a medical malpractice attorney. Aspiring medical practice attorneys require a bachelor’s degree for admission to the school of law. While no specific degree is required for medical malpractice attorneys, most of them hold degrees in history, political science, and English.
Pass the Law School Admission Test
The second step to becoming a medical malpractice lawyer is to take and pass LSAT, the Law School Admission Test. However, admission to the school of law depends on LSAT scores and undergraduate GPA. All undergraduates are recommended to take LSAT before applying for admission to a school of law to test their logic, analytics, and critical-thinking skills. The American Bar association requires all applicants to submit their GPA and LSAT scores as part of the requirements of admission to law schools.
Join a School of Law
The third step to becoming a medical malpractice lawyer is to attend a school of law. Law school culminate in J.D degree, and students need at least three years of study and thorough research. Aspiring lawyers complete studies in torts, contracts, property, civil, and criminal law in their first year in a law school. After that, medical malpractice attorneys will focus on torts and complete their courses in subjects such as trial advocacy, management of picture archiving and communication systems (PACS for short), negotiation, and corporate taxation, which medical attorneys use to present cases to juries or arbitrators and negotiate for settlements.
Pass the Bar Exam
After completing their studies, aspiring lawyers might take and pass the bar exam. Law students must take and pass the bar exam and register with the bar associations in municipalities or countries in which they intend to practice to become duly licensed. The format for these bar exams may vary across states, but aspiring lawyers might require to test on both state and national-specific laws. Preparation for the bar exam is essential, as a failure to pass the exam could prohibit an aspiring medical malpractice lawyer from practicing law. Students can check with various online sites for study programs that can help them pass their bar exam.
Practice as a Medical Malpractice Attorney
After taking and passing the bar exam, the next step is to practice law. You will be licensed to practice in any field of malpractice medical after passing the bar exam. Anyone interested in doing so can enroll in a law school and specialize in either personal injury cases or medical malpractices. Law graduates may start as junior officers in a law firm to hone their skills and get an opportunity to argue medical cases in front of arbitrators and judges. Junior officers working as interns will eventually work their way up to become lead counsels. After at least five years of practice as a medical malpractice attorney, and individuals might need to join the American Board of Liability Lawyers for certification. The next, but optional step to becoming a licensed medical malpractice attorney is to earn a master’s degree in Law. These programs will provide lawyers with additional education about medical malpractice laws and the healthcare sector at large.