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How to become a good lawyer?

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To become a good lawyer these qualities must be present.

1) Impressive communication skills

Communication, speaking, and manipulating skills should be developed during your studies by taking part in activities such as moots, Debates, and public speaking.

Irrespective of whether you are a  Bankruptcy Lawyer, Corporate Lawyer, Constitutional Lawyer, Criminal Defense Lawyer, Employment and Labor Lawyer or Immigration lawyer, the Command over language is imperative for every lawyer.

You need to be able to express yourself efficiently and lucidly to do well in this industry.

Lawyers must also be able to write clearly, persuasively and concisely, as they must produce a variety of legal documents.

A litigator must develop the art of modulating his/her voice as per the demand of the situation to emerge successfully.

But it is not only Speaking, but a lawyer must also have good listening skills.

2) Judgement Reading and analyzing skills

The intelligence to draw reasonable and logical conclusions or assumptions from some very limited information is essential as a lawyer.

Read all important judgments critically which helps you to anticipate potential areas of weakness in your argument that must be worked upon

Similarly, you must be able to spot points of weakness in an opposition’s argument. 

Decisiveness is also a part of judgement.

A good lawyer leads the Judge in the path of judgement.

3) Emotional intelligence and Balance

Clients are vulnerable sometimes.

They need empathy, personal connection, and regular updates from their lawyers to feel safe and satisfied.

Lawyering require a lot of stress and burden and only an emotionally balanced person can handle it.

Because, in the initial few years a fresh law school graduate may face harsh working hours, but one must be patient and focus on learning than earning.

4) Analytical and interpreting skills

Law is Bare. A Good lawyer interpret it in his favor.

Both the study and practice of law involve absorbing large quantities of information. Then, you need to analyze whatever you have read and think about it.

To analyse correctly, think more about anything you read.

At times, there will be more than one reasonable conclusion, or more than one precedent applicable to resolving a situation.

And, you are required to choose correct.

A lawyer must therefore have the evaluative skills in order to choose which is the most suitable.

5) Research skills

The best lawyers I know do not necessarily “know the law” inside out.

But they know where to find the answers and have enough experience to have a broad understanding of their practice area.

Similarly, being able to research quickly and effectively is essential to understanding your clients, their needs, and to preparing legal strategies.

Today research require technological affinity: It has become one of the basic qualities of a lawyer these days.

If you are not very well with the use of e-mail, accessing Internet, working with instant messaging etc etc… clients and colleagues will pass on you.

A lawyer must essentially develop a regular habit of reading.

However, Reading must be primarily related to Law but should also include economics, culture, history, science, politics, and almost basic knowledge of all subject

6) Social connectivity skills

After coming out of law school where everything is theoretical. In Practical world lawyers work with people and for the people.

So, they need to friendly, humble and less arrogant most of the times.

They must be presentable, personable, persuasive, prophetic and able to read others. So that they can judge people easily.

Moreover, most of the times in practical world lawyers need to do favourable negotiation with the opposition.

7) Perseverance

Perseverance is persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

When working on a case, you must have the perseverance to complete the work necessary to drive it to a successful finish.

Some of the days are hard in a lawyer’s life. They even do not get full sleep a lot of days in a year.

8) Creativity

Harish salve writes in one of his articles that Ram Jethmalani had a great capacity to make complex problems simple.

This is called creativity.

The very top lawyers are not only logical and analytical, but they have great creative and imaginative power.

The best solution is not always in the box but sometimes outside the box.

9) Time management: 

To manage personal life and professional life is very important.

Life is to enjoy and work at the same time. Rest and Activity are two important steps to get success.

To achieve and meet deadlines, whether it is in corporate or litigation practice, time management is very essential.

An effective lawyer must know the tricks to manage time.

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  2. NALSAR, Hyderabad
  3. NUJS, Kolkata
  4. NLU, Jodhpur/NLIU Bhopal/NLU Delhi
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