What does a construction lawyer do?
Construction lawyers deal with many different types of construction issues such as construction contract disputes, land acquisition, construction litigation, construction defects, and many other issues. They represent individuals, insurers, and organizations. They file pleadings with courts such as complaints. They review a variety of documents such as inspection reports, contracts, blueprints, and floor plans. They often evaluate damages and liability for insurance companies. Construction lawyers also handle cases related to injury and wrongful death from accidents occurring on construction environments. They sometimes meet with accident recreation experts to help with their cases. Construction lawyers often provide legal advice regarding project bidding, construction and building liens, highway construction, property line disputes, and other construction issues.
What kind of training does a construction lawyer need?
Construction lawyers must have a bachelor degree and a law degree from an accredited law school. Students must receive a passing score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) to be admitted into law school. Prospective construction lawyers often complete courses in constitutional law, property law, construction law, legal writing, and civil procedure. Most law schools require students to complete internships before graduation. Many prospective construction lawyers often obtain part-time jobs or pursue volunteer experiences in the construction law field. All states require construction lawyers to pass the written bar examination and become licensed. Construction lawyers must complete regular continuing legal education to maintain their licenses, keep their skills up to date, and keep abreast with advancements in the field.
What are the prospects for a career as a construction lawyer?
Employment of all lawyers, including construction lawyers is expected to grow about as fast as average for all professions, increasing 13% from 2008 to 2018 (1). The growing population and increase in the construction field will drive the job growth of construction lawyers.
Job prospects should be good with strong competition. Construction lawyers with excellent academic records and extensive experience will have the best job opportunities.
How much do construction lawyers make?
As of January 2010, the average annual salary for construction lawyers is $76,000; average annual construction lawyer salaries vary greatly on location, employer, education, experience, and benefits (2).
A career as a construction lawyer is a great choice for people with a strong interest in construction law. Construction lawyers must have a solid understanding of construction laws and procedures and a variety of construction techniques. Patience, detail orientation, perseverance, and good problem solving skills are necessary characteristics. Construction lawyers must have excellent communication and the ability to represent a variety of clients. They must be able to work under pressure and make effective decisions.