Qualities Of A Successful Lawyer In Nigeria…
Qualities of a good lawyer
1. Consistency / Diligence:
One of the qualities of a good lawyer is diligence. Diligence is the combination of hard work and consistency. To become a successful lawyer, you must not lack this quality because it takes time for a young lawyer to be noticed. No doubt, this is just the nature of the profession. In most countries, before a lawyer will be will be promoted to a higher level (That is an attorney, senior advocate etc), he/she must have worked for several years as an active legal practitioner in the country.
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So you see, the profession is not for people who want to become successful over night. It takes only a person who is consistent and hard working to become a successful lawyer.
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2. Hard work:
Hard work is another prerequisite quality every lawyer must cultivate. Law is not a course for indolent people. As a lawyer, you must develop the habit of working hard. This is obviously the reason why an Indian Judge said that the success of a lawyer depends upon himself. What this simply means is that the amount of effort you put into the profession will determine your success in the procession.
As a litigator or an advocate, research is one of the difficult things you must do to win your arguments. Even if you decide to go into corporate law, you can still not run away from hard work. In fact, what differentiates a good lawyer from a bad lawyer is the level of hard work they put into their profession.
3. Good communication skill:
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I am sure you have heard the popular saying that language is the major tool of a lawyer. There is no gainsaying the communication skill is a must-have skill for every lawyer. Frankly speaking, the way you communicate as a lawyer will go a long way to tell what you are capable of doing. Today, clients are more concerned about the kind of grammar their lawyers use when talking to them. They tend to accept the service of a lawyer that relate more closely with them, than the once that just tell them the position of the law facially.
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4. Ability to articulate thoughts very clear:
Sachin Daga, one of the most influential Indian lawyer made a statement when he was interviewed. He said that law is nothing but common sense. Going further, Sachin Daga said that a good lawyer must be able to articulate thought very clearly. This is what will help him to make good and valid arguments in the court of law. One of the reasons why most lawyers lose their cases in the court is not because their position is absolutely wrong but because, even the judge is unable to understand their line of argument.
As a lawyer, your ability of think laterally and quickly will go a long way to determine your success in the profession. I therefore enjoin you to start learning how to argue coherently today. No doubt, it is one of the essential things you need as a lawyer.
It will be difficult or even impossible to be a good lawyer without the ability to anticipate what the judge in any case/circumstance will decide. The ability of a lawyer to anticipate what his opposing counsel will argue in court will help him to counter those arguments before they are even presented to the counsel.
The importance of your ability to anticipate as a lawyer cannot be overemphasized. In fact, some countries have entrenched some courses into the curriculum of law students to help them develop the ability to anticipate. For instance, in Nigeria, there is a course called Legal reasoning in Nigeria Law School. It is a must for every law student there. This confirms the fact that a lawyer must not lack the ability to anticipate the argument of his fellow lawyer or the judgment of the judge. Indeed, it is very pertinent to be a successful lawyer.
6. Lifelong learning:
Have you ever wondered why lawyers are called practicing lawyers? The rationale behind this is that, there is no stage at which a lawyer will be said to have reached the apex of learning in his profession. Law is dynamic. Anytime a case is brought to the court, it is either the law will be applied immediately or the judge will make a law himself (case law) to make sure that justice is done. This is why a lawyer must be ready to learn throughout his life. He must be ready to read every day. He must fortify himself with all the recent legal trends in the country he is practicing.
Qualities of a good lawyer
In Turning point of my life, Feli S. Nariman said that whether he has a case or not, he always come to court to learn new things. Here, Nariman clearly expressed the fact that law is a profession where learning will never end.
Now that I have highlighted the skills required to be a good lawyer, I will now typify the tips you will need to become a successful lawyer. Note that this article is not made for any particular country. So whether you are from India, America, Britain, Ghana or Nigeria, there is absolutely no problem following these tips.
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