What does a malpractice lawyer do?
Malpractice lawyers specialize in a variety of professional, legal, and medical malpractice lawsuits. They prosecute and represent individuals that are accused of malpractice. In prosecution cases, malpractice lawyers make sure individuals are held accountable for their actions. In defense cases they strive to prove that their clients are not guilty of malpractice. Malpractice lawyers gain the necessary information and evidence to build their cases. They perform legal and factual research and interview clients, witnesses, experts, and other related individuals. They also provide legal advice to their clients and guide them through procedures. They explain the laws, procedures, and potential consequences. They often provide emotional support to their clients and related witnesses. Malpractice lawyers often settle cases outside of court, but some cases do go to trial.
What kind of training does a malpractice lawyer need?
Malpractice lawyers must have a bachelor degree and Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school. All law schools require candidates to receive a passing score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) to become admitted. Law school provides intensive classroom instruction and exposes students to many different practical experiences. Most laws schools require the completion of an internship prior to graduation. Many aspiring malpractice lawyers complete internships or clerkships at law firms that specialize in malpractice lawsuits to gain experience and establish valuable contacts. All states require malpractice lawyers to pass the written bar examination to become licensed to practice. Malpractice lawyers must complete continuing education to maintain their licenses, keep their skills up to date, and stay abreast with advancements in the field.
What are the prospects for a career as a malpractice lawyer?
Employment of all lawyers, including malpractice lawyers is expected to grow about as fast as average for all professions, increasing 13% from 2008 to 2018 (1).
Job prospects should be good with strong competition. Malpractice lawyers with excellent academic records and extensive experience will have the best job prospects.
How much do malpractice lawyers make?
As of February 2010, the average annual salary for malpractice lawyers is $61,000; average annual malpractice lawyer salaries vary greatly on location, employer, education, experience, and benefits (2).
A career as a malpractice lawyer is a great choice for people with a strong interest in malpractice cases and providing representation and advice on a variety of cases. Malpractice lawyers must have a solid understanding of the concepts, rules, and regulations related to different types of malpractice lawsuits. Patience, determination, analytical thinking, and good problem solving skills are necessary characteristics. Malpractice lawyers must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work with a variety of clients. They must be quick on their feet and be able to make effective decisions under stress and pressure.