Why Accreditation and Certification is Important
Accreditation programs were developed to enhance the legal community’s credibility. This stemmed from a massive growth in the legal communities in the later part of the twentieth century and the mass-advertising campaigns going along with it.
Law firms and individual lawyers were unrestricted from publicly professing their expertise in a certain law field without having some form of external approval. Official accreditation helps to prevent misleading the public.
Being board or law school certified adds to an attorney’s professional status. It accredits that the lawyer has the specialty skills to excel in their field.
For a personal injury lawyer who specializes in mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases, it reassures clients that they have the highest degree of representation. Accreditation is a hallmark of a truly professional litigator.
Accreditation is also important within the legal community. Lawyers for defendants like wealthy asbestos companies take notice when up against a plaintiff’s attorney who carries accreditation in their specialized practice.
This accreditation also helps an overcrowded civil court system by reducing the number of asbestos lawsuits going to trial. Accredited attorneys have shown they’re dedicated to their craft and have a proven record of being successful.
Commitment to Specialized Litigation
Attorneys who receive accreditation from a bar association or law school are expected to continue in their specialized field and carry on learning. Most accreditations are for a fixed period such as five years.
The attorney must apply to be re-certified by showing they’ve dedicated the substantive time in this period to their specialty.
Renewing applicants also must demonstrate they have continued their specialty education, published articles on their field, or professed at an accredited facility.
Legal Accreditation Rates
Achieving accreditation isn’t common. There are approximately 1.325 million licensed lawyers in America. Attorneys and their law firms serve clients in dense and sparsely populated areas.
In North Dakota, there’s a ratio of 22 lawyers per 10,000 people. California has 43 attorneys per 10,000 while New York has 89 lawyers for every 10,000 citizens. And the District of Columbia has 784 licensed lawyers for the 10,000 population ratio.
Very few of these licensed attorneys hold accreditations in their field. Accreditation is even rarer for mesothelioma lawyers. Being officially accredited is something to be proud of. That’s for both the lawyer and the law firm employing them.