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How Do I Become a Medical Malpractice Attorney?

Prospective medical malpractice attorneys must pass the bar exam.
Some attorneys focus on medical malpractice cases.
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  • Last Modified Date: 25 June 2014
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When something goes awry during a medical procedure, some people turn to a medical malpractice attorney for help. A medical malpractice attorney will work with the patient to sue the doctor or the company insuring the doctor. To become a medical malpractice attorney, there are a few basic steps that must be taken. In addition, specialized training may be necessary before someone can become a medical malpractice attorney at certain law firms.

Before anyone can become a medical malpractice attorney, she must graduate from law school and pass the state bar examination. Most law schools have minimal requirements before potential students are granted admission. These requirements include a minimum grade point average, a minimum score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), recommendation letters, and even volunteer experience.

Many law schools offer classes that specialize in medical malpractice topics. For someone who wants to become a medical malpractice attorney, taking these classes will give students a good overview on the issues and legal concepts they will encounter. Often, the medical malpractice classes are taught by area attorneys, giving students more practical information beyond textbook legal concepts.

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Some law schools encourage their students to complete an internship. If someone wants to become a medical malpractice attorney, she may try to find an internship with an attorney who practices medical malpractice. The internship will provide valuable hands-on experience and will enable the student to decide whether she really does want to become a medical malpractice attorney. A student may find that the actual practice of law is completely different than what was expected from studying the issues in a classroom setting.

In the United States, before law school graduates can practice law and become medical malpractice attorneys, they must pass the state bar exam. Each state has its own bar examination, with multiple choice and essay questions based on general legal topics, such as criminal law, tort law, family law, and constitutional law. Many other countries, such as Brazil, England, the Philippines, Ireland, Hungary, and Poland, also have exams that students must pass before they can practice law.

Although science classes are not a requirement to become a medical malpractice attorney, they can make the job easier. Understanding the way the body, different medicines, and various medical procedures work is necessary; however, those things can be learned through the course of practicing law. In addition, there are often courses geared for those wanting to become a medical malpractice attorney or those already working as a medical malpractice attorney. The courses keep the attorneys updated on legal concepts, medical procedures, and current laws related to medical malpractice.

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