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Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes and also draw up legal documents, such as lawsuits, appeals, wills, contracts, and deeds. In addition, Lawyers often oversee the work of support staff, such as paralegals and legal assistants and legal secretaries. They also may specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
- Problem-solving skills: Lawyers must separate their emotions and prejudice from their clients’ problems and objectively evaluate the relevant applicable information. Therefore, good problem-solving skills are important for lawyers, to prepare the best defense and recommendations for their clients.
- Research skills: Lawyers need to be able to find those laws and regulations which apply to a specific matter, in order to provide the appropriate legal advice for their clients.
- Speaking skills: Lawyers must be able to clearly present and explain their case to arbitrators, mediators, opposing parties, judges, or juries, because they are speaking on behalf of their clients.
- Writing skills: Lawyers need to be precise and specific when preparing documents, such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.
Lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination. Becoming a lawyer usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school—4 years of undergraduate study, followed by 3 years of law school.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You like to debate.
- You enjoy public speaking.
- You are good at problem-solving.
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?