Well, first, u have to complete your education.
That means graduating from high school,
from college (usually 4 years)
and then from law school (usually 3 years).
After that u need to take a Bar examination
and after u have passed it, u apply for admission
to the Bar of whichever state u r in.
Thay may ask u for references. Possibly, u might use
some of your law school professors as references.
In some states, thay have an interview and ask u a few questions.
As early in your law school education as possible,
u shoud decide what kind of law u 'd prefer to practice.
Do u want to be a trial lawyer ?
Question witnesses on the stand ?
Argue in front of a judge n jury ?
Do u want to stay in your office, research and advise clients ?
" failing to plan
is planning to fail. "
That is especially true when u r on the job trying a case;
u need a sequential battle plan, with alternate fall back positions.
Remember to get a good high retainer fee, up front
( or if u r representing a civil plaintiff, your retainer agreement
shoud indicate what proportion of the recovery will be your
contingent fee, if u win the case; or set an hourly rate e.g. $500.oo an hour).
In order to be well prepared for trial, u shoud get all the facts
from your client. Its a good idea to tell your client what questions
u will ask him on direct examination, repeatedly rehearse him on those
and insofar as feasible, drill him on brutal cross-examination,
so that when he actually has to stand up under cross-examination,
he will not find it so hard as when u were practicing with him.
As a general rule, in most jurisdictions, the law provides for
pre-trial depositions, in which counsel for each side can ask
adverse parties, under oath, about the subject matter of the litigation
(be it a contract, or a personal injury accident, etc).
A court reporter swears in the witnesses and records their testimony.
When u get back the bound transcripts of witness' testimony,
u can look it over for weak spots in the adverse party 's case.
I used to mark them with red ink; then u can use those weak spots
(like admissions of error) to negotiate during settlement conferences in court,
to get the best possible deal for your client.
If the case does not settle, then during cross-examination,
u can impeach the witness with any inconsisties between
his pre-trial testimony and what he said during the actual trial.
For the sake of clarity, I advise u never to ask a question
cast in the negative; e.g., do not
ask: " sir, is it NOT
that u beat up the boss before he fired u ?" or
" sir, did u NOT
see the defendant stab the decedent ? "
because u may end up with double negatives on the record,
which will become the basis of an appeal.
In other words, if u want the witness to tell u if something happened,
then JUST ASK HIM IF IT HAPPENED
; dont ask him if it
A good trial attorney will frequently use a private investigator
to track down any additional necessary facts, witnesses, defendants,
co-defendants, 3rd party defendants, etc. (depending on your client's position in the case)
It is helpful to employ a good prep man, to serve your subpoenas
on witnesses and to drive your witnesses to court.
I suggest that the most important thing
is to be fully prepared for anything that can happen.