Legal Nurse Consultant & Law Firms
Quite a few LNCs are employed by law firms. Employees, as opposed to independent contractors, of law firms are called in-house LNCs. They work on all of the medical-legal cases for that particular law firm. No formal education is required to get a job at a law firm.
Some firms provide on-the-job training for the position they are hiring for. However, completing relevant legal training can sometimes better prepare LNCs for the job. Participating in AALNC and the bar association at the local or state level is another good way to obtain legal training and stay on top of industry trends.
The responsibilities of the LNC vary between law firms and depend a lot on the experience level of the legal nurse consultant. An LNC with five or more years of experience in the field may be given a great deal of responsibility while a new LNC may have to work under the supervision of an attorney. In general, the duties of an LNC include analyzing and organizing medical records, preparing summaries, helping with case strategy, and interviewing witnesses.
There is only one credential legal nurse consultants can earn that is relevant to the profession. The Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) which is available through the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board.
Tips for Getting a Job at a Law Firm
- Update your resume to include all relevant professional and educational achievements
- Attend networking events and talk to current/previous legal contacts about job opportunities in the industry
- Bar association journals and legal newspapers typically have sections for classified advertisements; check these for job listings
- Make a list of law firms that take on medical cases; contact the firms to see if they have job openings
- If you get an interview, research the firm and the interviewer; learn as much as you can about both so you can start creating a working relationship with the interview and speak intelligently on what the firm does
- Maintain eye contact during the interview; endeavor to highlight your strengths such as your critical thinking or communication skills; sell yourself as the right applicant for the job
- Be sure to ask questions about the firm, the nature of the work, the company’s values, and other areas of interest to you; this shows you are ready to commit to the company
- Get the interviewer’s business card and follow-up with a thank you note
- Be persistent; if you don’t get the job, learn from your mistakes and move on to the next opportunity; however, periodically keep in touch with the interviewer in case another job comes available