What does an asbestos lawyer do?
Asbestos lawyers (also called asbestos attorneys) are specially trained legal professionals that are familiar with exposure to asbestos and the related effects such as poisoning and cancer. They review individuals’ statements to determine if they have a viable asbestos lawsuit. They provide representation to individuals who have suffered injury or death due to breathing in asbestos fibers. Asbestos lawyers provide evidence and argue their points in court to support their clients. They also provide advice to their clients about their legal rights. They strive to provide their clients with the compensation they deserve.
What kind of training does an asbestos lawyer need?
Asbestos lawyers need at least a bachelor degree and a law degree. Students applying to law school must have a bachelor degree to be admitted. They must also receive passing score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Prospective asbestos lawyers typically complete courses in English, public speaking, mathematics, civil procedure, and asbestos litigation. Many aspiring asbestos lawyers complete internships at law firms specializing in asbestos cases to gain practical experience in the field. Many also participate in legal clinics that are sponsored by their law school. Asbestos lawyers must passing a written bar examination and become licensed. Examination requirements include obtaining a law degree from an accredited institution. Most states also require asbestos lawyers to pass an additional ethics examination. Asbestos lawyers must complete regular 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 an asbestos lawyer?
Employment of all lawyers, including asbestos lawyers is expected to grow about as fast as average for all professions, increasing 13% from 2008 to 2018 (1). The increased awareness of the dangers of asbestos will drive job growth for asbestos lawyers.
Job prospects are expected to be good with strong competition. Asbestos lawyers with excellent academic records and extensive experience will have the best job opportunities.
How much do asbestos lawyers make?
As of January 2010, the average annual salary for asbestos lawyers is $42,000; average annual asbestos lawyer salaries vary greatly on location, employer, education, experience, and benefits (2).
A career as an asbestos lawyer is a great choice for people with a strong interest in law and providing representation to individuals exposed to asbestos. Asbestos lawyers must have a solid understanding of asbestos litigation and the ability to provide advice and represent a variety of clients. Patience, perseverance, self-confidence, and good reasoning ability are necessary characteristics. Asbestos lawyers must be compassionate and have excellent communication because they work with a variety of clients and families that have suffered injury and illness due to asbestos.