Are you an aspiring lawyer?
Do you want to lead a successful career in the law profession?
The skills you need to build your ideal career require careful cultivation of skills and patience. Like many other professions, a lawyer profession requires a unique set of skills. Many of the abilities you need to develop as a successful lawyer are applicable for a solicitor and a barrister.
Wise men say there is no shortcut to achieving success in life. It rings true for lawyer profession as well. But, acquiring or developing skills and possession of those skills can give you an edge in the law industry.
Below is a list of skills you will need to become a successful lawyer:
- Command over Language: this is an ideal skill for every lawyer. Any person who intends to lead a career in the law industry needs to be proficient in speaking. The command over language involves ability to express oneself fluently and lucidly.
#Takeaway: you have to be adept at using metaphors, similes as well as puns to get your point across. Skillful lawyers use the language to recreate scenery and a range of emotions. Sometimes they can make their words work as the whiplash.
- Good Communication Skills: good lawyers should not only have a strong command over language, but also have good communication skills. Lawyers must be orally skilled. They need to have good written communication skill as well. When you are in the courtroom before judges and jurors, you need communication skills that help you argue convincingly.
- Judgment: a good lawyer can draw reasonable conclusion and logical decision from limited information. You must be able to consider your judgments critically, so that you can fortify your potential weakness in your argument. Alternatively, you have to be adept at spotting weakness from counter arguments as well.
- Analytical Skills: taking in lots of information and distilling key points requires good analytical skills. Both the study and practice of law requires consuming lots of information. And, a good lawyer can absorb information, as well as discern it into manageable and logical terms.
#Remember, sometimes there will more than one precedent or more than one reasonable conclusion to resolve an argument. So, make sure you’re able to distil a huge amount of information into something that is both easy to understand and manage.
- Collaboration Skills: you may assume that I am talking about working as a team. It is important, but the skills I am referring to is the abilities to work in a multi-party work environment. Lawyers who collaborate well can detect the best within others and can bring it out when necessary. Collaborative lawyers rely on the wisdom of the group to reach the optimal client outcome.
- Emotional Intelligence: throughout your career, you will encounter emotive cases. But, you have to detach yourself emotionally from these cases in order to reach the best possible solution for your client.
#Takeaway: but, never stint on investing empathy, guidance and emotional support where they are due. Because clients come to lawyers to seek support from the law and validation of the suffering they may have endured.
#Remember, your client deserves your respect, understanding, engagement and support.
- Research Skills: preparing and setting up your legal strategies requires ability to absorb huge amount of information. Only your research skills can effectively help understand your clients and their needs.
#Takeaway: being able to carry out research quickly and effectively is paramount for success in the law industry.
- Interpersonal Skills: no matter how well you were at the academic works, you still have to work with people. The decisions that will be made by your reason and judgment will affect people’s lives. Jurors will make measure judgment based on the reactions and honesty of witnesses.
- Financial Literacy: just because most lawyers come from Arts background, it is no excuse to work out your skill with numbers. Knowing how to balance a ledger, understanding tax principles and working with statistics can prove extremely for a lawyer profession.
- Project Management: one of the complaints clients tend to have about the lawyers is that they have almost nonexistent project management skills. Many lawyers can’t even define what project management is. Project management skill is required to estimate time or budget, plan, organize and manage resources.
If you wish to become a good lawyer, there is a certain skill set that you need to cultivate as early as possible. In this article, I listed such skills.