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What kind of personality traits are needed to be a lawyer?

I have heard it is tough to be a lawyer, so i would like to know what it takes as a person to be a lawyer. #law #lawyer

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There's a lot of good qualities for a lot of different types of lawyers, but to generalize: you have to be able to communicate well, in writing and verbally, you have to be detail-oriented but also not lose sight of the big picture, you have to read a LOT, and it helps to be able to argue any side of an issue, using facts and logic- you are being an advocate, no matter what you do. Being risk adverse and enjoying wading through fine print also help.
Last updated Oct 19 at 16:23

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There are several skill sets useful in a legal career. Some of those include the following: (1) being analytical, (2) being articulate; (3) having good verbal and writing skills; (4) paying attention to details, (5) having good research skills, etc... It is not one characteristic, but really a combination of many. It also depends on what direction in the law that you wish to take. For example, if you want to become a litigator, confidence, the ability to argue both sides of the story, and strong debate skills will come in handy. Additionally, strong writing skills will help you draft effective pleadings.
Last updated Oct 19 at 16:00

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