Not all personal injury attorneys are equal. Some attorneys are better than others, just like some football players are better than others. Some attorneys are better at certain aspects of practicing law than others, such as marketing, legal research, legal writing, and trial work. Here are some tips you can follow to become a better personal injury attorney.
Get a job with an established personal injury law firm.
The first thing you should do is get a job with an established personal injury law firm. At a firm, you can make money while simultaneously discovering how to become a better lawyer. There is a reason the firm is established and you should learn that reason from the inside, including all the of the firm's business practices.
Shadow a Good Personal Injury Lawyer.
Find a good personal injury lawyer and watch what he or she does. This doesn't have to be an attorney in your firm. In fact, if you follow recommendation one above, then you should also take every opportunity to observe and shadow other lawyers outside your firm. Take care to evaluate how the attorney you are shadowing conducts themselves (character), the items they bring to hearings and depositions (organization and tactics), the way they carry themselves (appearance), the way they speak to others (language and mannerisms), and their legal writing (style and content). You may not agree with everything the attorney you are shadowing says and does, and that's fine. Emulate the qualities you appreciate about the attorney and assure that you do not copy the attributes with which you do not agree.
Regularly Attend Continuing Legal Education Courses on Personal Injury Law Subjects.
For some reason, many attorneys avoid continuing legal education courses like the plague and that is a mistake. Continuing legal education courses are an excellent way to not only stay abreast of changes in the law that you are already familiar with, but also to learn new things about the law. These courses are often taught by attorneys who are respected leaders in the subject matter of the course. In addition, in preparation for teaching these courses, the presenting attorneys often spend countless hours preparing written materials which organize and present legal information in a simplified and meaningful manner. You can avoid recreating the wheel and expending those hours of research and preparation by taking a short continuing legal education course. Further, these courses are an excellent opportunity to gain the presenting attorneys' unique insight about not just the legal issues, but also the tactics involved in winning the issues.