Career Pathways: Legal Malpractice

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Legal Malpractice Law is concerned with the mishandling of either a criminal or civil case as a result of an attorney’s negligence.  This may involve representing clients who have lost in a civil or criminal action as a result of their attorney’s negligent representation.  It may also involve representing attorneys who are being sued by former clients.  Legal malpractice law may involve the mishandling of a case at the local, state, federal, or international level.   

Job Types Typical Duties
Federal Agencies
  • Promote improvement in the general administration in the courts of the United States.
  • Compile and administer results of Center Research on federal court operations and procedures and court history.
  • Create educational materials for judges and court employees.
  • Prevent and resolve conflicts of interest (OGE).
  • Promulgate and maintain enforceable standards of ethical conduct (OGE).
  • Provide overall leadership and oversight of the executive branch ethics program (OGE).
Private Law Firms
  • Investigate and evaluate if a legal malpractice claim has merit.
  • Prove the elements necessary to move forward with a legal malpractice case.
  • Obtain and review legal documents.
  • Retain the services of expert witnesses.
  • Advise and counsel clients.

Other Activities

 

  • Obtain an internship withan attorney or firm who defends or litigates against attorneys in legal malpractice cases. 
  • Periodically check the Symplicity Job Board for opportunities in this area of law.

Curriculum Considerations

For courses and faculty to talk to about a future career litigating legal malpractice cases, please take a look at the Law Curriculum Mapping Guide.