A person who wants to become a family law attorney must spend several years in school. After high school, college, and law school, an aspiring family law attorney must typically pass an exam in order to become a fully practicing lawyer. At that point, he may apply to become a family law attorney for a law firm, either as a permanent career move or to gain experience that will help him to open and be successful in his own family law practice.
Family law attorneys handle many different areas of family law. For example, a family law attorney may handle cases of divorce, child custody, and support. A family lawyer may also handle issues related to alimony and the division of assets and debts during a divorce. People in this area of law may also take on paternity cases and those in which someone wants to terminate parental rights. This type of lawyer may also handle certain types of abuse cases and those related to adoption as well as assisting with wills, trust funds and probate work.
To become a family law attorney, an individual has to earn a high school diploma or a jurisdiction-accepted equivalent. For example, colleges in many jurisdictions accept applicants with General Educational Development (GEDs) diplomas. Once enrolled in college, an aspiring lawyer may declare just about any major and still gain admittance to law school. Law-related, political science, and even business majors can be particularly helpful to preparing for a law career and the prospect of running a law firm.
An individual who wants to become a family law attorney usually completes four years of college and earns a bachelor’s degree before going on to law school. While in law school, a person interested in this career should take some courses in family law. He may also gain a career boost by securing a position with a family law firm while he is still enrolled in law school. For example, he may work as an intern or clerk, gaining experience that may help him when he’s ready to practice. Additionally, the law firm may go on to hire him once he’s able to practice law.
Once a person has finished law school and taken the required exam, he may then create a resume and search for a job with a family law firm. Highlighting his experience as an intern or clerk may prove helpful. After gaining experience, a person in this field may decide to go into private practice.