Whether you are just going into law school, or you are finally done and have officially become a J.D. you are going to make mistakes on your journey as an attorney. Today, we want to share five tips that might prevent you from making any bad pitfalls along the way, including two from our personal injury attorneys Mike & Claire Hancock.
Tips for Law School Graduates:
Return Phone Calls from Clients
Clients want reassurance from their lawyer that their case is proceeding as it should be on the right schedule. Clients want to be and should be informed about what is going on in their case.
Connect with local businesses including doctors, other lawyers, etc. by joining networking groups, community or local bar associations and other organizations. You can also connect with attorneys around the country via online list-serves or legal forums.
Work for an Insurance Defense Firm First
From Attorney Mike Hancock, “Start out working for an insurance defense firm. Stick it out for at least five years and then you can start practicing personal injury- plaintiff law. Working for an Insurance defense firm first will give you insights and knowledge about your future defense, giving you an edge as a personal injury lawyer.”
Tip for the Undergrad thinking about Law School:
From Attorney Claire Hancock, “Attend law school even if you don’t know that you want to practice law. There is an intellectual challenge that will take you far in whatever career you ultimately choose. I graduated law school with four peers who were M.D.’s, not because they wanted to change careers from medicine to law, but because of the intellectual challenge.
Tip for Both:
Starting your career as a lawyer is extremely demanding. You might be working twelve or more hours a day but, you cannot lose control. Historically, lawyers have high rates of alcohol abuse, divorce and depression. However, if you remember to stay connected with family and friends, take mental breaks and spend some time for yourself you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.
Having a career in personal injury law means you can truly help people who were injured from accidents that were not their fault. Having an intrinsic desire to help people is key to becoming a personal injury lawyer.