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What skills does a lawyer's day to day job require?


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It really depends on the type of law you practice. But overall you will need to do legal research on cases and court decisions, draft memos and court documents, prepare and do depositions, and if a trial attorney prepare for trial which if very time consuming. You will negotiate with other attorneys on settlements, and deal with clients to keep them informed on the case and explain what is going on, what you are doing and why and have them make decisions on how to proceed on the case.

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Hi Lana: I practiced law in New York City for 37 years and I can tell you that lawyers need - above all else - an incredible need to learn! You have to continue to learn about new clients, about the work they do, injuries and damages and about people. So as a skill, you must always have an open mind and listern and recognize when you don't know something and then go out and work to learn it. Over the years I had to learn about construction work, car accidents, medical work for malpractice cases and dental work for dental malpractice cases. As stated above, some lawyers go to court, some stay in offices and some do research all the time. The skill you need will depend on the work you do. However, generally, the work changes all the time so you need to adapt to the work for each job. Remember, law is an adverserial business. Your adveseries are out to beat you. That can get depressing and many lawyers get disillusioned. However, if you keep in mind that they are just doing their job as you are doing yours and never take it personally, you can weather the storm. Remember, keep learning, prepare for each case like it's your first and always strive to do your best! Stay in school. I note you're in New York. Stay safe and rember we will all get through this together!

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It really depends on the type of law you practice. But overall you will need to do legal research on cases and court decisions, draft memos and court documents, prepare and do depositions, and if a trial attorney prepare for trial which if very time consuming. You will negotiate with other attorneys on settlements, and deal with clients to keep them informed on the case and explain what is going on, what you are doing and why and have them make decisions on how to proceed on the case.

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David’s Answer

Depend on your job, it is either go to court, office, looking for client or client look for you, filing paperwork, schedule court date, some times work shop and conference, communicating with other party and more, you may have other OA (Office Assistance) doing for you but you sometimes need to do it yourself to make sure everything is correct, some people does call us Lawyer, Half-Job Lawyer because we reply on OA to get it done for us while we have too much in hand. Normally, all starter are doing everything themselves once you reach to them level that is when you have OA and that is when they do like literally everything or you on filing paperwork to court and contacting the other party to meet up or for settlement arrangement. But majority is going to court, filing paperwork, and communicating with the other party.

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Richard’s Answer

My wife is an attorney. When I asked her this question, she said the short answer is the ability to focus on what you are reading and to write clearly and concisely with proper grammar, etc. The longer answer is that it depends on the type of law you practice. No matter what kind of law though, you will need to be willing to learn. She learns something new every single day because every case is different. You can become an expert in your area of the law, and still no two cases are the same.

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Fiona’s Answer

Attention to detail
Logical reasoning and thinking
Ability to present arguments well in writing and/or speaking
Time management

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