Finding A Skilled Lawyer No matter what your legal needs are you will find that there are numerous lawyers in your area that advertise that they concentrate on your form of case. This may make the entire process of finding one with a lot of experience a bit of a challenge. However, if you follow the tips below you will be able to narrow down your research off to the right one out of very little time. The initial step is to create a selection of the lawyers which are listed in the area focusing on your position. When you are causeing this to be list you must only include those which you have an effective vibe about depending on their advertisement. You may then narrow this list down by using some time evaluating their webpage. There you should be able to find the number of years they have been practicing and several general information about their success rates. At this time your list must have shrunken further to those that you felt had professional websites and an appropriate volume of experience. You should then take the time to check out independent reviews of each attorney. Be sure you browse the reviews rather than depending on their overall rating. The details inside the reviews gives you a solid idea of the way that they interact with their customers and how much time they invest into each case they are taking care of. Finally, it is advisable to talk with at least the very last three lawyers that have the credentials you are interested in. This provides you with the time to actually evaluate how interested they may be in representing your case. It can be vital that you follow all of these steps to actually find a person which includes the proper measure of experience to obtain the best possible outcome.
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Real Estate License Or Law School?
I'M Debating These Two Avenues. Law School Is 3 Years And Will Entail Student Loans, Delayed Income, Etc., But I Realize It Takes Time To Make Money In Real Estate, As Well. I Am A Mature Adult And Have A Bachelor'S Degree In Psychology...I'Ve Been An Insurance Agent For 15 Years And Think It'S Time To Get Out. Any Feedback?
Neither is a good vocational avenue if employment is your goal.
There are more attorneys than there are legal employment positions. We simply already have way too many Legal Professionals. AND the legal profession is dramatically changing: it is in absolute CRISIS! Job searching in this vocational field has changed >>DRAMATICALLY<< in the last five years. And, every year, more and more people graduate from law school, but there are fewer and fewer jobs. Even the largest and most reputable law firms are experiencing unprecedented cutbacks. I don't expect the situation to improve in the coming years.....
Be aware of what you are proposing on getting yourself into. Please do more research first. Reminder: We are STILL in a World-wide Recession. Obviously, economic conditions affect the number of jobs available. Consider career paths that have available JOBS.<< Even in a Recovery, there are some jobs that just won't return - the field of Law won't make a comeback. Too many things have changed in this vocational field.
Warning> Jobs in the field of Law are drying up fast!! This no longer is a good field to invest time and/or money into. This is a SHRINKING, crumbling, and dying vocational field. Many, many reasons: We now have computers. So, many people today (mistakenly) think they can do their own legal work, thanks to the Internet and legal books. Also, there are a lot of companies out there making very efficient legal software for the field of Law. Today's graduating lawyers tend to be very computer savvy, so they just do the work themselves to save themselves the cost of overhead - they aren't hiring legal staff. Also, the "Public" buys this legal software/law books in order to get legal work done without the expense of an Attorney. Also, we simply already have way too many Legal Professionals - we just have an absolute glut!! ("Legal Professionals" includes, but is not limited to: Attorneys/Lawyers, Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc) For example: Sites like legalzoom.com have taken away work that many small-time attorneys/lawyers would do/used to do.
The field of Law has a mystique that actually exceeds reality. The field of Law is a vastly overrated career - especially by television.<< There are many myths regarding the field of Law.
Law is a more demanding profession than most people realize. It is not like what you see on TV.
Cost of law school to be lawyer, approx $150,000+. Be prepared to take on a LOT of debt, if becoming an attorney is your "true", ultimate goal!!<<< Even after paying the expensive tuition, you still need to pay for books, room and board, and miscellaneous fees.
The legal profession leaves little room for outside interests. Commitment to the law profession tends to produce an unbalanced lifestyle.
Employers (usually law firms) in the field of Law today want employees with degrees from traditional colleges/universities. Those "certificates" you see advertised aren't worth the paper they are printed on - they are generally scams. (>>I found this out the hard way.) Also, the law school's program needs to be accredited by the American Bar Association - if it isn't, you are just wasting your time/money.
Even if you finish law school, you won't be able to find a job when you are done. Since this vocational field is shrinking (at an alarming rate), many new attorneys/lawyers are, themselves, having to work "down" as Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc, to simply try to keep some of their bills paid. And the competition is fierce in TODAY's job market!!
Now... the law schools know this, but they won't tell you the truth >that the job market/economy is just SATURATED with way too many Legal Professionals. Instead the schools will feed you a fairytale and will LIE to you. The root of the problem is we already have too many law schools. We are STILL in a Recession, and the schools are fighting for their own survival - they will tell students anything to get to the students' money. (Which is why they won't tell you the truth about the job market for the field of Law.) And these schools continue to recruit and churn out even more graduates.............Remember>>> law schools are BUSINESSES - their TOP concern is making money for themselves.
>>>>>THE #1 MOST IMPORTANT THING (and I can't stress this enough>>>): You ESPECIALLY have to beware of the BOGUS, INFLATED law school salary/job stats given out by >law schools< (AND by the U.S. Bureau of Labor)!!***<<<<<
If you don't believe me, then:
**do a SEARCH here on Yahoo Answers to see what other posters are saying about the current status of the field of Law. Call some local law firms - ask to speak to the Manager of Human Resources - ask them if they are hiring; ask them what they think about future job availability in the field of Law..................
**Do "informational interviews" with several attorneys from at least two or three different firms. (You can find how to do "informational interviews" from your local Public Library - ask the Librarian.) Interviewing attorneys is a time-efficient and extremely beneficial way of discovering if law is the right vocational field for you. Talk to a few Human Resource Managers who work at employers in the field of Law. Ask them what their opinion is on future job availability for the field of Law. Ask them if they have any current open positions. Ask them how many resumes they receive when they advertise ONE open position. (It is ususally approximately 300 resumes are received for each open position advertised.) If you personally know a practicing lawyer, set up a time with them to do an "informational interview" to ask them about their career. Talk to many attorneys. Better yet, spend an entire day with one of them.
**Talk to recent law graduates. Ask them what success they are having finding employment opportunities. <<<
In the book "So You Want to be a Lawyer?" by Marianne Calabrese and Susanne Calabrese (ISBN 0-88391-136-1): "The United States has more lawyers than any other country in the world. About 38,000 students graduate >each year< from the 200+ law schools in the United States. The competition is very keen for jobs and clients." - Even Associate Justice Antonin Scalia (who served on the U.S. Supreme Court for more than 20 years) says there are too many lawyers. (9/14/2008)
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If you want a job when you are done with your studies, consider and look into the fields of: >>>Healthcare, Information Technology, Law ENFORCEMENT, environmentalism, emergency planning, accounting, education, entertainment, utilities, home-car-commercial-industrial repairs, vice industries, clergy, and/or debt collection. I spoke to a career counselor from Jobs and Family Services, and HE told me that these areas are where the jobs are, and future job opportunities/availability....and scholarships.
There are MANY issues of working in the vocational field of Law. My answer is an attempt to give you a realistic way of looking at this career, and I have told you things that most will not tell you about the profession - at first. Be careful, do your research, and have your eyes open wide.
(This is based on my current knowledge, information, belief, and life experiences. This was intended as personal opinion, and not intended to be used as legal advice. Please be careful and do your research.<<< You DID ask the question here on Y/A. I am just trying to help you.)
Should I Contact A Lawyer. . . In Regards To Medical Malpractice?
I Was 36 Weeks And 3 Days Pregnant With Hypertension Issues For Weeks Before- My Blood Pressure Was Really High At My Check Up That Day My Ob Sent Me Over To The Hospital To Be Induced. I Was Started On Cytotech And Then Pitocin And Then Back To Cytotech Then Back To Pitocin.
This Started At 7 Pm On A Tuesday Night- I Finally Started To Really Show Signs Of Dialation On Thursday Morning ( I Did Not Want A C-Section And My Dr Knew That) I Eventually Had My Daughter On Friday Morning At 1:46 Am Roughly 56 Hours Of Labor.
When Her Head Came Out The Cord Was Wrapped Around Her Shoulder And Neck And When The Dr. Tried To Pull It Around Her Head It Snapped- Blood Went Everywhere, He Pulled Her Shoulders Out Quickly Then Got It Clamped But She Was Purple And Not Breathing 1 Min Apgar Score Was A 2 Then By 10 Mins It Was Up To A 7 She Rebounded But Spent Some Tine In The Nicu 4 Days ( I Think It Was Alot To Do With The Hospital Covering Their Own A$$) Although She Was Jaundiced And Needed Some Time Under The Billi Lights- She Seems To Be A Healthy New Born Now But The Neonatologist Told Us That There Is No Way To Tell If There Is Any Long Term Effects Until We Reach Some Developmental Milestones To See How She Develops
She Is Only 12 Days Old Now And We Are At Home- This Is My First Child And It Was A Traumatic Experience For My Husband And I.
I Was Told That I Should Not Have Been Left To Labor That Long Because The Stress That It Puts On Mother Baby And The Cord- Had I Been Told That I Was Risking My Baby'S Health Or That Something Like That Could Have Happened I Would Have Had No Problems Doing What Was Best And Having The C-Section That Would Have Been Alot Easier To Have A Healthy Baby From The Very Start! I Was Only Trying To Do What I Thought Was Best And The Dr. Never Told Me That I Should Do Anything Other Than What I Was Already Doing- In My Opinion He Needed To Have Drawn A Line Somewhere And Told Me That Things Might Not Happen The Way I Wanted And For The Safety Of Myself And The Baby We Needed To Have The C-Section- I Also Had Some Problems With Delivering My Placenta And Lost Alot Of Blood Almost Enough To Need A Transfusion.
Sorry So Long But Hopefully Someone Has Some Insight On This Subject
I am not a parent and do not have children. And aside from my grousing about the ineptitude of many physicians today and the medical schools in which they train, I believe that so much falls to the the institutes in which these doctors and executive administrators work.
However, what catches my attention most is the following: " Had I been told that I was risking my baby's health or that something like that could have happened I would have had no problems doing what was best and having the c-section that would have been alot easier to have a healthy baby from the very start! " There appears a communication failure first of all. I mean, was there naive deception at play here -- wherein they knew full well that they knew the apt and proper ways all the while but chose not to come forward with the truth, preferring to abide their own conveniences, -- for whatever reason?
You cannot know if this were the case, however. I suppose that 'maybe' a woman physician would have better discerned how to work with you and your husband under such emergent conditions, and who would, I think, bear greater insight on what to do. Yet, we can only speculate on that, too.
But this does appear to have been a communication lapse, in which on one hand, you did not know the questions needing asked. And the delivery teams did not share that there might be a more apt method to employ at the outset. After all, you were in labor 56 hours: that is over 2 days, in which some staff person could well have deliberated on what is best given the apparent difficulty of the labor.
We have to wonder what would be the indication if more perceptive physicians and nurses were in the field of obstetrics and neonatology; that is, should 56 hours of pain and stress be thought proper for 'anyone' to endure? When a mother and in this case a father as well do not know what path is best to take, the responsibility ultimately falls to the medical team itself to determine the best protocol -- in fact, even more.
I believe that you would do well to talk with people generally -- if your nervous systems can bear with re-living this over and over again, and you both can keep anxieties at bay. Therefore, go and talk to other mothers, talk to medical social workers and people generally; not so much as regards the legal aspects, but rather just to get more grounding and consolation, and to make better sense of this and be afforded some form of validation. Then talk to the delivery doctor himself and the delivery staff so that you can get a real human feel and insight as to just what went awry and what shall be done about this aside from the usual neonatal care.
With that you can digest what just occurred, then better discern if you and your husband should wish to proceed with litigation -- which may not entail financial compensation but rather this time round good communication in addition to comprehensive follow-throughs beyond what is the usual regarding your infant's progress, which at this point must be of paramount importance to you and your husband. Seeking financial reparation alone may well be a little too hasty at this juncture for you own sanity's sake. However, you both would be wise to have begun establishing a solid basis for all your sakes beforehand should unforeseeable complications develop.
Is It Bad If I Become A Defense Attorney?
I Want To Become A Defense Attorney, But I Think That People Will Think That I Am Scum, Because I Am Defending Criminals, Although, I Will Only Accept Them If They Are Innocent, But Don'T Have Sufficient Evidence That Says They Are? Will People Think Like This About Me?
It's perfectly fine to be a defense attorney. Not all cases are criminal cases. Civil cases have defense attorneys as well, so you aren't always defending a criminal or "scum" as a you put it. Defense attorneys actually have an easier job than prosecutors. Prosecutors bear the burden of proof, as they must prove that the defendant is guilty. Defense attorneys don't actually have to prove the innocence of their client, there just needs to be a reasonable doubt that the defendant didn't do it. I would encourage you to study law and learn everything you can, and there's no reason why you can't be a defense attorney at some point and a prosecutor at another point. A good lawyer proves his or her case well and should be respected for that, not based on who they are defending. Good luck to you!
Questions About Studying Law And Advice?
I Am A Senior Highschool Student Currently Interested In Pursuing A Career In Law But I Am Unsure If I Should. For Starters, I Know I'M Smart But I Don'T Know If I'M Smart Enough To Attend Law School Or If I Even Have The Patience For All Those Years Of School. I'M Also Not Sure What I Want To Be In Law. For Some Reason I Keep Thinking I'M Going To Fail As A Lawyer So I Was Wondering If There Was Anything Else I Can Do Without Having To Enter A Court And Trial People. (And I Don'T Want To Be A Paralegal Either) I Would Really Appreciate It If You Gave Me Some Advice. Thank You :)
Lawyers are a dime a dozen. You could have your brain taken out of your head, and if you had the tuition $$$ some law school would take you, they don't care they just want the money. People go to law school with low 2.0 GPAs, maybe even lower, some don't even require an LSAT, some might not even look at grades you just have to write a paper on why you want to be a lawyer. Look at Massachusetts School of Law, Birmingham School of Law, Appalachian Law School for schools that have really, really, low admission standards to name a few.
From US News, Poor careers for 2006
Attorney. If starting over, 75 percent of lawyers would choose to do something else. A similar percentage would advise their children not to become lawyers. The work is often contentious, and there's pressure to be unethical. And despite the drama portrayed on TV, real lawyers spend much of their time on painstakingly detailed research. In addition, those fat-salaried law jobs go to only the top few percent of an already high-powered lot.
Many people go to law school hoping to do so-called public-interest law. (In fact, much work not officially labeled as such does serve the public interest.) What they don't teach in law school is that the competition for those jobs is intense. I know one graduate of a Top Three law school, for instance, who also edited a law journal. She applied for a low-paying job at the National Abortion Rights Action League and, despite interviewing very well, didn't get the job.
From the Associated Press, MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A lawmaker who persuaded the Assembly to eliminate all state funding for the University of Wisconsin law school says his reasoning is simple: There's too many lawyers in Wisconsin.
From an ABA study about malpractice claims, More Sole Practicioners: There appears to be an increasing trend toward sole practicioners, due partly to a lack of jobs for new lawyers, but also due to increasing dissatisfaction among experienced lawyers with traditional firms; leading to some claims which could have been avoided with better mentoring.
New Lawyers: Most insurers have noticed that many young lawyers cannot find jobs with established firms, and so are starting their own practices without supervision or mentoring. This is likely to cause an increase in malpractice claims, although the claims may be relatively small in size due to the limited nature of a new lawyers
“In a survey conducted back in 1972 by the American Bar Association, seventy percent of Americans not only didn’t have a lawyer, they didn’t know how to find one. That’s right, thirty years ago the vast majority of people didn’t have a clue on how to find a lawyer. Now it’s almost impossible not to see lawyers everywhere you turn."
Growth of Legal Sector
Lags Broader Economy; Law Schools Proliferate
For graduates of elite law schools, prospects have never been better. Big law firms this year boosted their starting salaries to as high as $160,000. But the majority of law-school graduates are suffering from a supply-and-demand imbalance that's suppressing pay and job growth. The result: Graduates who don't score at the top of their class are struggling to find well-paying jobs to make payments on law-school debts that can exceed $100,000. Some are taking temporary contract work, reviewing documents for as little as $20 an hour, without benefits. And many are blaming their law schools for failing to warn them about the dark side of the job market.
The law degree that Scott Bullock gained in 2005 from Seton Hall University -- where he says he ranked in the top third of his class -- is a "waste," he says. Some former high-school friends are earning considerably more as plumbers and electricians than the $50,000-a-year Mr. Bullock is making as a personal-injury attorney in Manhattan. To boot, he is paying off $118,000 in law-school debt.
A slack in demand appears to be part of the problem. The legal sector, after more than tripling in inflation-adjusted growth between 1970 and 1987, has grown at an average annual inflation-adjusted rate of 1.2% since 1988, or less than half as fast as the broader economy, according to Commerce Department data.
On the supply end, more lawyers are entering the work force, thanks in part to the accreditation of new law schools and an influx of applicants after the dot-com implosion earlier this decade. In the 2005-06 academic year, 43,883 Juris Doctor degrees were awarded, up from 37,909 for 2001-02, according to the American Bar Association. Universities are starting up more law schools in part for prestige but also because they are money makers. Costs are low compared with other graduate schools and classrooms can be large. Since 1995, the number of ABA-accredited schools increased by 11%, to 196.
According to the Internal Revenue Service, the inflation-adjusted average income of sole practitioners has been flat since the mid-1980s. A recent survey showed that out of nearly 600 lawyers at firms of 10 lawyers or fewer in Indiana, wages for the majority only kept pace with inflation or dropped in real terms over the past five years.
Many students "simply cannot earn enough income after graduation to support the debt they incur," wrote Richard Matasar, dean of New York Law School, in 2005, concluding that, "We may be reaching the end of a golden era for law schools."
Now, debate is intensifying among law-school academics over the integrity of law schools' marketing campaigns.
David Burcham, dean of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, considered second-tier, says the school makes no guarantees to students that they will obtain jobs.
OK, I have to interject right here. Did a dean of a law school basically say you could go through all the nonsense of getting into law school, law school, ethics exam, bar exam and you should not expect some sort of gainful employment after you are through? You might as well go to Las Vegas and put your tuition money on the rouelette table and let it ride, you may have better odds of making money than going to his school and getting a decent paying law job. This guy is a jerk.
Yet economic data suggest that prospects have grown bleaker for all but the top students, and now a number of law-school professors are calling for the distribution of more-accurate employment information. Incoming students are "mesmerized by what's happening in big firms, but clueless about what's going on in the bottom half of the profession," says Richard Sander, a law professor at the University of California-Los Angeles who has studied the legal job market.
But in law schools' self-published employment data, "private practice" doesn't necessarily mean jobs that improve long-term career prospects, for that category can include lawyers working under contract without benefits, such as Israel Meth. A 2005 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, he earns about $30 an hour as a contract attorney reviewing legal documents for big firms. He says he uses 60% of his paycheck to pay off student loans -- $100,000 for law school on top of $100,000 for the bachelor's degree he received from Columbia University. "Most people graduating from law school," he says, "are not going to be earning big salaries."
Adding to the burden for young lawyers: Tuition growth at law schools has almost tripled the rate of inflation over the past 20 years, leading to higher debt for students and making starting salaries for most graduates less manageable, especially in expensive cities. Graduates in 2006 of public and private law schools had borrowed an average of $54,509 and $83,181, up 17% and 18.6%, respectively, from the amount borrowed by 2002 graduates, according to the American Bar Association.
But just as common -- and much less publicized -- are experiences such as that of Sue Clark, who this year received her degree from second-tier Chicago-Kent College of Law, one of six law schools in the Chicago area. Despite graduating near the top half of her class, she has been unable to find a job and is doing temp work "essentially as a paralegal," she says. "A lot of people, including myself, feel frustrated about the lack of jobs," she says.
The market is particularly tough in big cities that boast numerous law schools. Mike Altmann, 29, a graduate of New York University who went to Brooklyn Law School, says he accumulated $130,000 in student-loan debt and graduated in 2002 with no meaningful employment opportunities -- one offer was a $33,000 job with no benefits. So Mr. Altmann became a contract attorney, reviewing electronic documents for big firms for around $20 to $30 an hour, and hasn't been able to find higher-paying work since.
Some new lawyers try to hang their own shingle. Matthew Fox Curl graduated in 2004 from second-tier University of Houston in the bottom quarter of his class. After months of job hunting, he took his first job working for a sole practitioner focused on personal injury in the Houston area and made $32,000 in his first year. He quickly found that tort-reform legislation has been "brutal" to Texas plaintiffs' lawyers and last year left the firm to open up his own criminal-defense private practice.
He's making less money than at his last job and has thought about moving back to his parents' house. "I didn't think three years out I'd be uninsured, thinking it's a great day when a crackhead brings me $500."
Here is an example ad in Massachusetts for an experienced attorney, that mentions salary, it was posted this week. Most jobs don't state salary in the ad cause the pay is pretty low.
Office of the District Attorney, criminal attorney, for the Bristol County District seeks staff attorney for the Appellate Division. Excellent writing skills and a passi
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Who Is Going To Come To My Assistance In Locating A Lawyer That Well Sue The Cops & Legal Aid?
I Am Poverty Level And Can Not Locate Any Lawyer To Sue The Cops & Or Legal Aid. It Taks Lots Of $ To Do This & Is Also Most Difficult Even Locating A Lawer To Take Them On Also. Pro Pono Or Contingcy I Never Find. & No Legal Aid Well Sue Either .This Is A Most Difficult Thing....Locating A Lawer That Well Sue These That Must Be Sued ... Vary Difficuld≫ Please If Anyone Knows Anyone Anywhere In Theu.S. That Well Be My Lawyer Please Please Contact Me It Is Most Ergent. So Vary Important I Have Absolutly No Protection From Illegal Cops Or Anyone That Should Be Arrested Either. State Bar Well Not Even Let Me Contact It For Assistance At All & Not Even One Govermental Ententy Anywhere In The U.S. Well Be Of Assistance In Getting Me Any Lawyer At All Either I Beleave I Have Contacted Every One In The U.So Last Month I Phoned Over 1,000 Long Distance Calls All Over This Nation Bveleave Me... This Is Very Difficult Locating A Lawer. Please Somene.... Come To My Assistance Finding This Fantim
it sounds like you need to check into a psychiatric hospital.