Seven Traits of Great Lawyers

Seven Traits of Great Lawyers


Every profession has its driving forces. The job of lawyer allows them to communicate with every type of person imaginable. Many students are lured into enrolling in a Juris Doctor program because of the perks, glamour, and job opportunity that comes with the profession.

Before applying for admission for your law studies, you need to conduct a self-analysis of your traits and personality. Do you have what it takes to be a lawyer? Do you have the qualities possessed by great lawyers?

Great lawyers have the opportunity to create a positive and dramatic impact on the well-being of their Clients. It can be because you helped them through challenging family matters, securing for them a fair financial compensation because of accidents, or defending them against false charges. In these circumstances, the services, expertise, and character of lawyers matter a lot. 

The American Bar Association (ABA) discovered that approximately one-fourth of Practising Lawyers quit their profession within the first six to seven years. To survive the daily grind and be a great Lawyer, you will need to have these seven traits; most of which have been repeatedly tested while you were still in the process of completing your law studies.

1.   Always Willing to Listen

Every lawyer needs to be a good listener. Although being a good listener is part of effective communication, listening on its own, is an essential trait professional lawyers need to absorb.  

Effective communication is a two-way process, and you need to entirely comprehend and understand what the other person is saying. Most of a lawyer's job entails a lot of listening. Listening to clients, the opposing counsel, witnesses, and the court can make you win or lose a case. 

Great lawyers absorb as much relevant information as they can, analyze and process them, and create a plan of action. 

2.   Articulate in Written and Oral English

Lawyers need to be articulated in written and oral English. Lawyers need to write in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner in all their legal documents. 

Discussions lawyers have that are well-argued allow them to show that they are on the right track. Lawyers must possess this trait to be great and succeed in the legal profession because they are expected to get and analyze facts that would benefit their clients. 

Good oral English allows them to argue their cases in court before judges and juries convincingly. Excellent speaking and writing are often developed during your law studies.

3.   Good in Negotiations

Lawyers negotiate on almost anything and negotiating is a key success factor that separates great and mediocre lawyers.  A lawyer needs to have excellent negotiating skills to ensure his client always gets a good deal instead of falling into more challenging processes.

4.   Aggressive and Persuasive 

Great lawyers must be able to aggressively face the opposing party without coming across as being violent. He must be willing to work with dynamism to overcome any obstacles to achieve his goals and objectives. 

Being aggressive, combined with a persuasive nature in presenting cases, often allows the lawyer to convince the judge to act on the position of his client positively. 

5.   Well Organized

While being organized is a trait that should be exhibited by any serious individual, lawyers need to be extra organized. This trait can tell a lot about a lawyer's professional achievement. His level of the organization refers to both in the manner of conducting his job and time. 

Every day a lawyer’s agenda is loaded with interviews with clients, meetings, making phone calls, doing paperwork, and being in court. Thar Lawyer therefore needs to have proper time management and have all their schedules, documents, as well as thoughts well-organized.

6.   Passion for the Job and Clients

All the other traits boil down to a lawyer having the passion for their job and the welfare of their clients. There is scientific evidence connecting passion with the level of performance and productivity. A passionate worker is happy, fulfilled, and thus will perform better. 

Lawyers, just like doctors, need to have a higher level of passion in what they do, without, of course getting too emotionally involved with a client's situation. With passion comes compassion for your clients because, without compassion, you will never be able to reach your true potential as a lawyer. 

Every great lawyer possesses the passion for serving and helping people in dire need of legal assistance because then they find meaning in what they do which leads to their success. 

7.   Patient and Persistent

Waiting for the court to bring out a verdict, or waiting for other shareholders in the legal system; can test the patience of every lawyer. It sometimes takes longer than expected to resolve a case and having the patience to wait will help you see cases through.

Patience and persistence are synonymous to the legal profession. A great lawyer does not surrender and considers a case to the end.

Having all these traits will make you unique and a standout amongst your fellow lawyers. Take the time to study how you can possess these traits if you still do not have them. Of course, these traits accompany your complete knowledge and understanding of the law. 

There are good lawyers, and there are great lawyers. It is not enough to be a good lawyer; you need to be a great lawyer. 

A great lawyer knows the law but also understands the business of his client. He knows the best way to communicate with his client.

A good lawyer will get the job done.

A great lawyer is always accessible and available to his clients. They do not just wait for their clients to call them; they call their clients.

A good lawyer has full knowledge of the law.

A great lawyer gets the job done and also gives practice advice because he knows the business of his client.

A good lawyer does his job efficiently and effectively.

A great lawyer tailor-fits his style and method of work to the needs, styles, and the  interests of his client.

A good lawyer does his best to complete the job on his promised time.

A great lawyer always exudes confidence and is never arrogant.

A good lawyer attends all meetings with his client.

A great lawyer looks for ways to be accessible to as many clients as he can. They provide legal service more than the amount he is paid for.

A good lawyer deals with his client on a professional level.

A great lawyer always arrives prepared and early.

A good lawyer is always present at meetings.

A great lawyer has a mindset that he will do everything he can to help his client surpass and succeed in any legal problem.

A great lawyer makes it a point to ask for meaningful feedback from his client so he can act on it accordingly.

A good lawyer gets the job done.

Despite the stressful nature of a lawyer's job, many aspiring lawyers still troop to law schools every year to enrol for a Juris Doctor degree. Many too, take the extra mile and specialize in an area of law and take a Masters in Law degree.

Many lawyers want to be excellent in their field. It is an essential reminder that full knowledge of the law is not the only thing needed to be a great lawyer. A lawyer's overall being, attitude toward his job, character, and how he deals with his clients are what make great lawyers.

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