How To Be a Great Insurance Lawyer

April 14, 2008

It is hard enough just getting into law school and keeping pace with core requirements, says Frank N. Darras, the nation's leading disability and long-term care insurance lawyer. Darras worked selling medical equipment while attending law school and fell in love with the idea of helping the disabled fight for their insurance rights.

Have you thought about taking an insurance law course in law school?

"Elective insurance law courses cover everything from property, life, disability and health to auto, mortgage and long-term care. Whether you ultimately want to defend corporate insurance companies or represent the insured, it's a course that will reap real benefits. Insurance is everywhere and it is often hard to understand and difficult to square what you thought you bought with what you actually received," says Darras.

In his case, Darras says he wanted to be the voice of the disabled, so no matter whether they were rich or poor, they would know his name meant real protection when they needed it most. An insurance law elective would have been a wonderful way for him to hit the ground running after graduation but it wasn't available.

"Twenty years later, Frank N. Darras is famous for setting the standard to which insurance lawyers are held. He has been a hero for the sick, the elderly and he really is a modern day David fighting Goliath," says James A. Hayes, Jr., Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and Associate Professor at Western State University College of Law.

"Last month, at WSU, we held the first annual Frank N. Darras Disability Law Moot Court Competition, at the school's Fullerton campus. As far as we can tell, it is the only moot court competition in the country that focuses exclusively on disability law," says Hayes. "For tomorrow's lawyers to compete in this unique competition opens opportunities for their futures, but also for everyday Americans who buy insurance to protect them from the unthinkable."

"This competition affords law students the opportunity to understand insurance law and determine if this is the field they want to explore and master as a career. We sure could use some great insurance lawyers to stand up for everyday people," says Darras.