It is common knowledge that you cannot practice in any of the law fields without the right educational requirements as per the needs of every state about their judicial system. However, if you have the potential and passion for this field the big question to ask yourself is what will set you apart from the rest? What will make you an outstanding personal injury lawyer with a high bar standing unique from the rest?
General education requirements to practice law
1. A bachelor’s degree
The first thing you need to know if you are aspiring to practice law at a future time in your life is that you need to first get a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of higher learning. At this level, you will cover the basics of law in disciplines such English, social science, political science and history. However, some school will offer you some pre-law subjects
2. Joining law school
Upon successful completion of your bachelor’s degree, you are required to enter law school, which ensures that you come out completely baked in the field of law. That means you have to be more than average as the cut-off points for joining law school are very competitive. The studies here are in depth covering aspects of, legal writing, constitutional law, the law of torts, property, criminal and contract law.
3. Passing the bar exam
In most states, passing the bar is a legal requirement for you to be allowed to practice in the law profession. You need to know that there is no special exam for personal injury lawyers and the process is the same for all law specialization. However, you must take a bar exam in the state that you will be looking forward to practice in.
4. Passing the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)
It is a requirement by many countries that you to pass this exam. The exam aims at measuring personal understanding of the professional conduct in the law field and how you will apply them in case you are faced with cases of contempt, censures or any other criminal activities.
What will set you apart from the rest when it comes to your educational background?
- While continuing with you studies participate in mock trials that in many cases are hosted by schools or lawyers’ offices
- Do an internship with a personal injury firm to gain some credibility on having experience
- Continue expanding your education in different ways so as to maintain a high bar status
- Gain relevant career experience, for example, you can become a junior worker in a personal injury firm or seek to collaborate with them.