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How to Become a Construction Law Attorney
Summary: What is it like to be a construction law attorney? What steps should you take now to build a lucrative construction law practice? Read more below to find out.
As a construction law attorney, you will find that you must understand more than just the construction laws themselves. You’ll need to familiarize yourself with environmental regulations and building codes. You will need to be well versed in subcontractor issues that builders will present to you. Understanding complicated liability issues is essential as well when determining what entity is at fault for a building defect. Since many of these cases settle out of court—or literally, on the steps of the courthouse the day of trial—having experience in alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation, will also be of great assistance to your clients.
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How can you determine if construction law is a good fit for you? While you’re in law school, seek out internships with construction law firms. Often, the attorneys you work with during an internship will be able to assist you with your job search after you graduate. Your school’s career services department can also help you find internships with firms in your area.
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Perhaps one of the best ways to find a job is to use online job banks. You can also sign up with social networking sites to network with individuals in your town. Facebook may also open doors to new jobs. It’s important to think of the potential each person in your social network has when you’re searching for a job—what industry is this person in? What do their relatives do? What school did they attend? Asking these questions can help narrow your path to a construction law job.
Even after you’ve landed a construction law job, it’s important to continue networking. Networking with others in your niche will improve your skills as you learn tips and tricks from other practitioners. If you need to change jobs at any point, your network will be there for guidance.
An excellent resource that has connected thousands of attorneys to jobs is LawCrossing.com. LawCrossing only allows job postings from legitimate employers. Though you’ll pay a small fee to use this service, you will know that the jobs you’re applying for are real jobs from real firms who have undergone a screening process with the site.
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Conclusion: Construction law attorneys must be skilled in many different disciplines, from their local building codes to understanding alternative methods of dispute resolution. With proper networking and training, you can build your own successful construction law practice.
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