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Finding A Skilled Lawyer Whatever your legal needs are you will notice that there are many lawyers in the area that advertise which they concentrate on your kind of case. This could make the procedure of finding one with a lot of experience somewhat of a challenge. However, in the event you follow the tips below you will be able to restrict your research to the correct one out of almost no time. Step one is to create a set of the lawyers which can be listed in your neighborhood specializing in your position. While you are which makes this list you should only include those you have an effective vibe about according to their advertisement. You may then narrow this list down if you take a little while evaluating their webpage. There you must be able to find the number of years they are practicing and several general specifics of their success rates. At this stage your list must have shrunken further to individuals that you simply felt had professional websites along with an appropriate volume of experience. You ought to then take the time to check out independent reviews of each and every attorney. Be sure to see the reviews instead of just counting on their overall rating. The information in the reviews will give you a sense of the direction they connect to their clientele and the length of time they invest into each case they are working on. Finally, you will want to meet with at the very least the very last three lawyers that have the credentials you are searching for. This will give you enough time to really evaluate how interested these are in representing you and your case. It can be crucial for you to follow all of these steps to actually find a person that has the best measure of experience to obtain the very best outcome.

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Interested In Goign To Law School?
I Was Thinking About Minoring In Political Science Or Spanish. I'M Majoring In Business. Which Minor Do You Recommend If I Want To Go To Law School?

Hey John,

Law schools don't look for any particular major or minor at all--in fact, almost any academic subject is a fine choice when it comes to picking a major or minor that will look good on a law school application. Although there are certainly "traditional" subjects that students interested in eventually pursuing law undertake (economics, political science, history, etc.), there is no one "perfect" major or minor when it comes to preparing you for law school. There are some subjects (particularly those that aren't strongly academic, such as the arts) that may place you at a slight disadvantage but, even so, plenty of students in those fields get admitted to law school every year. My suggestion would be to minor in something that complements your major. For example, if you major in Business, minor in Economics; if you major in Spanish, minor in Literature. The primary concern should be to do something you love; the more you like it, the greater your chances of doing extremely well in school, which will translate to a high GPA, which will in turn increase your chances of admission.

Remember, though, that the key is not so much what you major or minor in but, rather, what you do during your college years, academically. Aim to do the following:

1. Pick a college major (and applicable minor) that will require a lot of reading- and research-intensive classes. This will not only prepare you for law classes (which themselves are incredibly research- and reading-heavy), but it will also demonstrate to law schools, when you apply, that you can handle the academic load of law school.

2. Keep an upward grade trend throughout college. This means that your grades either get stronger as you go through school, or start off strong and remain there for all 4 years of college. Most law schools will want to see GPAs of 3.5 or above (the closer you can get to a 4.0, the better). For Columbia Law, I would recommend that you try to keep your GPA at 3.8+.

3. Take a challenging class load: Intro classes are okay for freshman and (maybe) sophomore year of college, but once you get to junior and senior year, your focus should be on upper-level classes and seminars that allow you to really hone in and focus on your specific interests within the major. And, as always, keep your grades up throughout.

4. Establish rapport with your professors (particularly during your junior and senior years of college). You can do this by attending office hours, working for them as a research assistant, and talking to them after class. They will be the ones writing your letters of recommendation, and will only be able to write effective, overwhelmingly positive ones is if they have specific, anecdotal knowledge of you and can favorably compare you to other students in your class.

I hope this was helpful! Please let me know if I can answer any further questions. Best of luck!

Child Custody Advice!?
Well, I Have A Son, And He Is 17 Months Old, And I Was With The Father For 4 Years And One Year Of My Childs Life. We Split Up And Then My Life Completely Turned Around In The Wrong Direction. I Have Been Really Unstable Because My Family Isnt There For Me And Is Also Unstable. I Am Only 19 Making Minimum Wage And I Cant Afford My Own Place Right Now. We Went To Court Once And The Father Was Awarded With Primary Custody Temporarily Until I Got On My Feet. I Started Living With A Friend, Paying Rent, Paying For My Own Food And All Of That, And I Got My Son During Days Cause I Was Not Allowed To Have Him Over Nights Till The Court Saw That I Was Stable Enough To Have Him Over Nights. Everything Was Going Very Well Until My Roommate Found Out She Was Pregnant Again, And This Time With Twins,. And I Also Found Out They Were Doing Drugs In The House. So I Had To Get Out Of There, And Also It Was Too Much For My Friend For Me To Be There. So I Moved To My Mom And Stepdads House And They Are Known To Have A Very Unstable Relationship. They Got Into A Fight Tonight And He Threw Us All Out. I Am At My Boyfriends Freaking Out Cause I Have Court In 4 Days To Determine Custody Again. I Dont Have A Lawyer, And I Dont Have A Stable Place To Live. I Talked To My Step Dad And Im Going Over There To Talk More, I Dont Know If Anything Good Is Going To Come Out Of This But I Love My Son More Than Anything And I Have Always Been There For Him And I Only Want Whats Best. And I Wanna Be Whats Best So Bad, But Right Now Im Not. I Need To Work My Hardest To Get On My Feet. I Just Need Advice On What To Do... And If Anyone Has Been In This Situation, Please Tell Me What Happened. I Am Breaking Down Feeling Like I Am Losing The One Person That Means The Most To Me. I Love And Need My Son More Than Anything In The World. I Cant Live With Myself If I Lose Him Anymore Than I Already Have, He Is The Only Family I Really Have. My Dads Not There Nor Any Of My Other Family. I Dont Know What To Do. Someone Please Give Me Good Advice...

Right now you are fighting a losing battle, its unlikely your visitation or custody arrangement will change in your favor.

You cannot provide a safe and stable home for your son since you do not have one and you know this. The best thing you can do for your son right now is leave him with his dad. Though it hurts you to be without him emotionally, you will be hurting him more if he is with you right now. Moving from place to place, not knowing where you will sleep or where your next meal is going to come from is not a stable childhood for any child.

Though you don't seem to have a good support system (family) its not their responsibility to provide for you or your son, its yours.

The best thing you can do for your son, is make a better life for yourself first. Get an education (get in school if you aren't now) and get a stable job where you can provide for him and work with his father on visitation until then. There are lots of young parents who have rough starts, you can go to work, school and be a parent at the same time, many before you have done it and many after you will.

There are lots of programs out there to help with schooling. You likely qualify for grants or if you need to get student loans. Student loans can defer payments until after you graduate, however if ultimately needs to be paid back. With no education and minimum wage jobs you will have no more in life than you do right now and your son will suffer because of that.

This is where as a parent, you need to do what is best for your son instead of what you like the best, you need to put his needs first. Right now, with you is not what is best for him. Its quite rare a mother loses custody unless there are some dire circumstances or the court sees them as unfit or they can't provide a safe environment for the child.

Once you are on your feet and fully self supporting, peition the court for shared custody. Until then, work with his father to co-parent and it will make visitation easier.

Difference Between Working In A Law Firm And Working As An In-House Lawyer?
How Do The Hours, Salaries, And Stress Levels Compare If You'Re Working In A Big City Like Nyc? I'M Just Interested In Corporate Law.

While working in a law firm, you MAY handle different matters - it depends on the law firm.

While working in-house, you'll probably be handling the same routine matters....day after day after day.

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:
**myth: guaranteed financial success (actually when salaries are compared, you also need to account for cost-of living expenses [most large law firms are in large cities - the bigger the city, the more cost-of-living expenses will be], payment of debts accrued while attending law school, and time needed to build a client base. Many large law firms require lawyers to work 60-80 hours per week. There are a FEW attorneys that earn a lot of money - but MOST attorneys just about make a living. Most attorneys do not make as much money as most people think. Also, remember: there are more attorneys than there are available jobs.).

Law is a more demanding profession than most people realize. It is not like what you see on TV.

How Much Training Is Needed To Become A Lawyer?
A Life Skills Project About What We Want To Pursue After High School. The Question Is &Quot;How Much Training Is Needed For This Occupation?&Quot; I Would Like To Be A Lawyer. I'Ve Looked Everywhere For An Answer, What Kind Of Layer Dosent Matter Thanks.

Lawyers are a dime a dozen, go medical. Heck, there is a shortage of pharmacists and their median wage is $98,000K well above lawyers. Dentists 180,000K median and there is a shortage, and of course a shortage of MDs.

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 passion for appellate advocacy are a must. Salary $37,500. Preference given to candidates who live in or will relocate to Bristol County.

LOL, secretaries with no college can make more. What is even more sad is there will probably be like 50-100 lawyers that send in their resume for this ad.

Here is another attorney ad. They pay 3

What Qualifications Are Needed To Consider A Good Oklahoma City Attorney?
I Am Looking For A Good Oklahoma City Dui Lawyer Because My Brother Is Now Facing Dui Case And I Don'T Where To Find Well Recommended Lawyer To Handle His Sensitive Case.

Go to the Martindale / Hubble law directory. Martindale.com This is the directory attorneys use to rate each others performance. I have NEVER found a bad attorney when using this as a reference.

Do your brother a favor and get him into rehab NOW even if it was a one time incident. It will play well with the court.

Good luck to both of you and tell him to chin up. It could be worse. He could be facing manslaughter charges or worse.

Can You Explain Exactly What Lawyers Do?
Heyy Guys So Apparently I Had The Wrong View On What Lawyers Exactly Do,Can Anyone Describe What Lawyers Do, What Qualities One Should Have To Be A Lawyer, And What Types Of Lawyers Their Are. Thanks In Advanced:)

Lawyers do a great deal, once they get their degree in law, and pass the bar exam. They have the knowledge and understanding the laws and how to go about them. Even in laws, there are laws to follow up, that average people can't do. There many types of speciality lawyers, criminal,real estate,divorce, disability, injury, law suits, wills, powers of attorneys, for family members, etc. Lawyers are able to get papeer work to the courts, that average people can't,why, you have to have a lawyeer sometimes, is beyond me, but, seems, if you don't,, you get nowhere. That's there job, to file civil action,and go to court, to defend you, or help you. For the best answer,contact your state's attorney office, ask them the same question, I'm sure they will provide you with plenty of information, or where to find it.