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How to Become a Good & Successful Lawyer
« on: April 17, 2017, 04:18:23 AM »
In the present time this is a big question for law students as how to become a successful lawyer. To resolve this problem I am sharing here an interview with an Advocate Sachin Daga.

In this video you will get knowledge about  how to become a lawyer, how to have a career as a lawyer, the age limit to become a lawyer, corporate law and litigation, careers in bachelor of laws, hear some top tips for law and how to become a successful lawyer, he discusses the career options in law after 12th and more.

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Re: How to Become a Good & Successful Lawyer
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2018, 03:43:37 AM »
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Re: How to Become a Good & Successful Lawyer
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2018, 10:49:03 AM »
It is difficult. It requires a lot of study and a lot of hard work. No matter what kind of lawyer you might be, no matter whether you work for yourself or work for someone else, being a successful lawyer is challenging.

If you need to bring in clients or run the practice, in addition to the day-to-day work, this adds another dimension of difficulty. This is because not only do you have the usual tasks of a lawyer, but you have all of the issues that come with running a business and networking, marketing, and so on.

You need to know what you are doing. You also need to be able to admit when you don't know what you are doing and know where to go for help. In other words, you need to be competent in your legal areas.
You need to stay on top of the law in your area(s). It helps if you practice in an area about which you feel passionate. You will want to learn more and stay on top. This means knowing about changes in statutes, cases and so on.
You need to stay on top of technology.  This is back to the idea of competence. For example, if you don't know that how a client's social media use can impact him, you are rapidly entering a sphere where you are not competently practicing law. So many lawyers, who are not comfortable with technology, can easily end up behind the times and may not be competent any longer. Most states have rules requiring lawyers to be aware of the benefits and risks of technology and to mitigate any risks.
You need to be responsive. In a large firm or a firm where you have a lot of help, this is easier, because there are always other people to return calls and emails. But if you are on your own or don't have a lot of staff, you need to make sure you communicate consistently and in a timely fashion with your clients. The most common complaint people have about lawyers involve failure to communicate. You also need to have a good bedside manner. In other words, you need to treat your clients well. The best way to get reported to disciplinary counsel, and to get in trouble, is to fail to communicate timely or to be a jerk to your clients.
You need to manage your time well and be organized. If you cannot switch from client to client, project to project, and keep track of your time (assuming you need to bill) you will be in trouble. You need to be able to keep track of many things all at once. This is why knowing technology can be useful. It can help you manage your practice better. You cannot risk missing a statute of limitations or other deadline, for example. This, again, is harder for solo and small firm lawyers than it is for large firm lawyers.
You need to work hard and a lot. Hopefully you have enough clients such that you need to work a lot. Lawyers work long hours. They have to, to make sure everything gets done in a timely fashion. You have to be able to do this and manage the stress and the impact on your personal life. Life/work balance is very difficult. If you have a trial coming up, your personal life often has to go by the wayside, at least for a period of time. That is the reality of being a litigator, if you are a litigator. Large firm lawyers work crazy hours. Solo and small may or may not work crazy hours on a day-to-day basis, but there are always times when you have no choice.
You need to be reliable. If you promise to do something by Monday at 3:00, do it by Monday at 3:00. If you cannot have it done by Monday at 3:00, then don't say you will have it done by then. Failure to keep promises undermines your credibility with your colleagues and with your clients.
You need to communicate well, not only with your clients, but everyone else. You need to know how to balance being aggressive with being assertive. You need to know when to bring out the big guns. People who start out with a nuclear bomb when even a gun isn't necessary aren't doing a good job for their clients. Bad lawyers are overly aggressive. Sometimes clients like overly aggressive lawyers. Those clients aren't doing themselves any favors either. But a lawyer who cannot become aggressive when she needs to isn't doing her clients any favors either. That balance is critical.
Don't forget to have a life. If you become just focused on the law and nothing else, it is easy to lose that human connection. It is easy to forget why you are there. It is easy to lose that empathy  that you need to be able to connect to your clients and  the experiences they are having. Especially if you are on the consumer side (i.e. the individual as opposed to the business.) Also, if you don't have any life, it will be difficult for you to bring in clients because they will not want to network with you. This goes to a work/life balance. You do need one. You need to have a life. You won't look back at 60 and think, gee, I wish I had spent more time in the office. You don't want to look back at 60 and think, I wish I had spent more time with my spouse or children.
A smart lawyer will create a reputation for herself aside from the reputation of her law firm. It is great if you are at a firm where you don't have to worry about bringing in clients, but what if something happens? What if you get fired or the firm implodes? Now here you are, no job and you need to find one. If you are someone who has formed a reputation for yourself, at least in the legal community, then you will find it easier to find a job.
A smart lawyer knows how to bring in clients. Networking, marketing, this is all part of creating a reputation. If you are a rainmaker, you will always have a job. This means being an interesting person who has things to talk about aside from the law. This also returns us to work/life balance. Don't be afraid to get out there and make friends in your community. Those friends might need a lawyer some day. Be part of your community. Your church members or book group might need a lawyer some day. Or have a friend who needs a lawyer. And also, you will have a life.
Know the ethical rules. You don't want to have to call someone like me to defend you in front of the disciplinary board because you made a stupid mistake. Most of the rules make sense and are easy to follow. Most of the time it is solos and smalls who get in trouble for the day-to-day stuff, because they don't have the support to fall back on. But there are all sorts of reasons people can get in trouble. If you know the rules, you can avoid getting in trouble.
Know your cases. Know every single fact. Know every single piece of law. Know everything. No one else should know your cases better than you. You should be able to recite things from memory. You should never, ever be caught flat footed.
Lawyers need to be able to think on their feet, be able to answer to respond quickly and well. If you know your area(s) of practice well and you know your cases well, you won't have  many surprises.
These are just some thoughts off the top of my head. If I think of it, I will add more.

In the end, work hard, know what you are doing and treat people well. This is how you become a good lawyer.

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