If you are a law student, or even just thinking about going to law school, you may have been wondering which area of law you could focus on. If that describes you, here’s one area of specialized practice you may not have considered: aviation law.
The practice of aviation law is a very technical field, and every air incident, accident, disaster, or case comes with its own set of highly complex questions and circumstances that must be unwound and decoded. That requires a unique combination of qualifications, including pilots, applied mathematicians, and engineers. So, if your interests cross over any or all of these boundaries, aviation law may be right for you.
What Exactly Are Aviation Attorneys?
Aviation law firms like Katzman Lampert and Stoll help clients whose lives have been impacted by an aviation-related crash or mishap. These events can include crash landings, cabin fires, water landings, total losses, and even just the injuries caused by air turbulence, pilot error, or crew negligence. As you can see, there are a wide range of types of air related incidents.
The common denominator for each of these are the victims themselves who, without qualified representation, would never receive the equitable and fair compensation they are entitled to on behalf of themselves or a loved one. That’s where you, the aviation lawyer, come in. Applying your unique skill set, you will help determine the cause of the incident, how and why it happened, and who should be held liable.
As you can imagine, the clients in these cases are right in the midst of a deeply distressing time in their lives, so your ability to be compassionate while still remaining professional and objective, is extremely important. If you can see yourself working with these types of distressed victims, air law may be a good fit for you.
What Are The Qualifications?
Many air disaster lawyers are also pilots themselves, which gives them a unique and expert way of looking at and analyzing the circumstances surrounding an incident. Being able to pilot your own aircraft into the same approaches, and through the exact same airspace, as a stricken plane, can be a powerful tool in determining the truth of what actually occurred, and why.
In addition, if you have a crossover interest in structural engineering, with a good understanding of topics such as metallurgy, aerodynamics, and stresses, can place you in a good position to build a strong career in aviation law. These “extra-legal” skills can give you a competitive advantage over other, more general practice attorneys and firms.
No matter what, as an aviation attorney, you will be part of a team of people with expertise in many areas, and you will find yourself always stimulated by the quality of the people around you.
Giving Something Back
Lawyers who enter into aviation law and litigation also have ample opportunities to return something the communities they live in. Many of these firms provide no cost or very low fee services in cases that are in the public interest. Some may also help write new and better air traffic safety regulations, or contribute to the improvement of aviation safety technology and flight safety protocols. The sky is the limit, no pun intended!
If any of this has piqued your interest, maybe you are starting to see a possible fit for your skill set among the ranks of specialized aviation law attorneys. Good luck wherever your career takes you!