FIVE QUALITIES OF A GOOD LAWER
GOOD COMMUNICATION – Lawyers must be orally articulate, have good written communication skills and also be good listeners. All lawyers must be able to speak clearly and concisely. Another aspect of speaking skills is to understand legal terminology. Legal professionals have to be able to understand and explain the terminology to the client. If you can’t understand your lawyer, then neither can the jury. Lawyers must also be able to write clearly, persuasively and concisely, as they must produce a variety of legal documents.
LISTENING SKILLS – In order to properly understand the case, all lawyers must listen to their clients. Without listening skills, the lawyer will miss pertinent information. For the strongest case possible, the lawyer must understand every aspect of the case and look at it from all angles. This allows them to gauge juror’s reactions and the honesty of witnesses. This allows them to decide upon the best approach to take in order to achieve the desired outcome: either clients taking their advice or reaching a favorable negotiation with the opposition.
JUDGEMENT – The ability to draw reasonable, logical conclusions or assumptions from limited information is essential as a lawyer. You must also be able to consider these judgements critically, so that you can anticipate potential areas of weakness in your argument that must be fortified against. Similarly, you must be able to spot points of weakness in an oppositions argument. Decisiveness is also a part of judgement. There will be a lot of important judgement calls to make and little time for sitting on the fence.
RESEARCH – Preparing legal strategies requires absorbing and comprehending large amounts of information, then distilling them down into something manageable and useful. At times, there will be more than one reasonable conclusion, or more than one precedent applicable to resolving a situation. That’s where the research and investigation comes in. All lawyers should know how to work with investigators, use online resources, research laws, regulations, and judicial opinions to back their case up. A lawyer must therefore have the evaluative skills in order to choose which is the most suitable.
ENDURANCE – Working as a lawyer means you’ll have to regularly put in long hours to achieve your goals. It’s just part of the job to have to sacrifice a little bit of yourself. Lawyers who have a lot of energy and stamina tend to be better at their jobs since they don’t mind walking that extra mile with their clients to get the results they want. Even studying to become a lawyer takes a great deal of perseverance and commitment – and that’s before you even start practicing law.
The skills you need for your ideal career are something that you can work on and develop over time. As they say Carolina: “practice makes perfect.”
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John recommends the following next steps:
- Self-Assessment – Before embarking on a career path in the law, it is important to conduct an honest self-assessment to determine if a career in the law is a good fit for you.
- Do Your Home Work – Explore websites for information relating to the qualifications, duties, educational requirements, and job outlook relating to the kind of legal position your interested in.
- Find a Mentor – A great way to jump-start your career, is to find a mentor who can educate you regarding the benefits, pitfalls, job prospects, employment outlook, salary and daily tasks of the profession.
- Become Tech-Savvy – Lawyers, paralegals, and other legal professionals have a significant advantage in today's' legal marketplace they are tech-savvy.