You have probably just graduated from law school and ready to start your career as a lawyer. If you want to have a successful career, being a lawyer is not enough. You need to become the best lawyer you can be. Here are tips to be the best lawyer.
Break The Bad Habits
Bad habits damage your reputation. Some of the most common bad habits by lawyers are the failure to keep detailed records and note down instructions from clients, avoiding a straight answer to the question on cost, and talking to clients in legalese. These mistakes will cost you clients and a reputation. Remember that the way you handle a client can make or break your career.
A good client relationship is the heart of a thriving career in law. Drop these habits to become the best.
Build Your Legal Skills
Your legal knowledge will not make you the best lawyer. You need to build your legal skills. Different careers require different skills for one to thrive. Attention to detail, time management, research and analysis and commercial awareness are some of the skills you need to build a thriving law career.
Commercial awareness means that you have a vast knowledge of developments in the local, national as well as international business on matters with an impact on law firms and clients. You can build this skill by reading law publications, attending industry-specific seminars and workshops, watching and listening to industry-related shows.
Attention to detail means that you have a sharp eye for accuracy. A single word can change the meaning of a contract or clause. Thus you need to see even the slightest mistakes. Failure to do this might give clients a bad impression, and this might cost you and your firm.
You need excellent communication skills, both written and oral. This is crucial when handling clients since you need to advise them in a language and manner in which they understand. You need to empathetically and effectively communicate with your clients even when you are under pressure. Effective communication builds a solid relationship with your clients and colleagues. This will make you the best among your peers.
Go an Extra Mile
You not only need to meet the client’s expectations but you should also ensure that you exceed them. Meeting the basics will make you an average lawyer. If you give a client a promise, ensure that you deliver the promise before the promised time and you even exceed their expectations. This sets you over and above the rest.
Going an extra mile also means that you seek to get meaningful feedback from clients. The feedback can build your confidence and also let you know the areas which you need to improve. It also shows the client that you care which is a bonus for you.
No one becomes the best on their own. Mingle with potential clients and your colleagues. Use opportunities such as seminars to learn from great lawyers and meet potential mentors. Most of the great lawyers are willing to teach others on the tips to become the best in the industry.
As you use these tips to become the best, have fun and be patient. These tips will not make you the best lawyer immediately, but with time, they will make you a highly sought after lawyer.