What to Look For When Hiring a Lawyer

A lawyer is your advocate who should fight on your behalf in a legal situation. They should use reasonable, ethical, and cost-effective means to get you the best possible outcome. You can search online for law firms and private offices or you could take recommendations and read reviews. If you are looking for a lawyer for a legal issue, think of these qualities when researching and meeting with your soon-to-be counselor.

Comfort
If you are not comfortable with your lawyer, you may not feel confident they can do the job. You want to be able to feel comfortable with your lawyer and have an open relationship. This will allow both of you to share relevant information pertaining to your matter. A lawyer won’t be able to fully assist with your matter without knowing all of the information.

Fees
Look for or ask for their rates when hiring a lawyer. You want your lawyer’s fees to be worth taking the case to trial. If it’s a small dispute it, it won’t require expensive representation. Expensive fees do not mean that the representation will necessarily be any better nor does it guarantee you will win your case. Legal fees should be considered on a cost-benefit analysis. Mid-range priced lawyers generally offer the best value and you will be getting solid experience with a firm that has strong capability without paying the corporate price.

Their Track Record
Search your possible counsel’s name on the Internet before you meet with them. Check the firm’s Google reviews. Also, ask the lawyer about his or her experience and that of the team. You are entitled to know whether they can do the job. This is because not all lawyers are good lawyers.

Communication
You want to know your lawyer will be with you every step of the way during the trial process. Even if you have a random question or concern in the middle of the night and need counsel, you want a lawyer who will respond swiftly. After your initial meeting, save some questions and send over an email with your concerns. If it takes them days to respond, they may be too busy to be handling your case.

Negotiation
Ensure that your lawyer is a good negotiator. Many are very combative when they should conciliatory where appropriate. A lawyer’s goal is to get the job done, having regard to the client’s goals.

When choosing a lawyer, you want to find the best fit for you. You need someone who is competent and aware of your needs, not only your cases needs. Find someone who you are comfortable with and successful to help with making a difficult time in your life a little bit easier.

 

**This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. In relation to your individual situation, always seek advice specific to your circumstances from a lawyer.

Entry Requirements for Law Schools

Are you pursuing a law degree? If you want to immerse yourself in the education of law, you need to know the requirements involved with getting accepted. I used my alma mater to go into the depths of requirements of getting into law school. There are four ways to enter the Melbourne JD program.

General Entry:

Compromised by a large majority of students, general entry applications are put through a selection process. The process is based on the performance in academic performance in all previous tertiary studies and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. Your application will be ranked based upon these scores. Applicants who ranked the highest will be admitted within the intake quota for that year.

Guaranteed Entry Pathways:

Three of the four ways to enter a program fall under the guaranteed entry pathways.

Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship Program:
This scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards for school leavers and is based on academic merit. You can receive this award by having your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank or equivalent of 99.99 or above with an undergraduate degree from the University of Melbourne.  This opportunity is for high-achieving students from Australia and overseas. You will retain fee exemptions and be guaranteed a place in Melbourne’s graduate program of your choice.

Graduate Degree Package:

This degree package works differently from other Australian universities. Melbourne’s process will have you graduating with a Master’s degree. You’ll study for law along with complementary subjects and then will be required to take specialized graduate studies. You can enter this graduate degree package with a score of 99.80 or above and must commence the JD within 18 months of completing your undergraduate degree. Applicants eligible for the packages will not be required to take the LSATs. Packages available are:

  • Bachelor of Agriculture/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Arts/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Commerce/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Design/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Music/ Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor of Science/ Juris Doctor

Fee Place Guarantee:

The final way to enter a JD program is the free place guarantee. You would need to score a 99.00 or above and at least a 75% weighted average in an undergraduate degree from the University of Melbourne. These students will not be required to complete the LSAT.

All of the applicants must meet the English language requirements of the University of Melbourne.