How To Be A Successful Lawyer in Nigeria

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Having completed your law degree in school and gone through the training of legal practicing, after which you must have signed roll of solicitors and eventually become a lawyer, a dream you have nursed all these years.

Now, what’s the next step?

How do you intend to transform all your years of toil in the law school into a great level of success?
It’s a question many law students ask at in Law schools and that’s why we have decided to share certain tips with you on how to become a successful lawyer.

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Tips On How To Become A Sucessful Lawyer

In clear terms, this post is majorly not for those who have not taken the first step in their law career, I mean those who do not have a degree in law yet, rather it is for those who have accomplished their dream to a certain extent such as graduating from law school.
So we basically intend to share with you tips that will help you succeed in your legal career.

Read on!

1. Get A Mentor And Don’t Be Intimidated, Ask Relevant Questions

Are you aware that there’s simply no lawyer who starts their career knowing all the important answers.

When you have a mentor, it will be easy for you to ask questions that relate to your legal career, you may even be able to share your deep fears with this person, sometimes those questions you consider to be rather foolish and stupid, you can find time to ask your mentor some of them.
Mentors are also serve as a good source of contacts,
Interestingly, you can simply approach someone and ask them to mentor you, that is a good way of commencing mentor-mentee relationships.

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2. Learn To Do Your Own Legal Research, Gather Knowledge On Writing And Other Issues

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Another lawyer’s usual set of function incluides advocacy and drafting. The root of good advocacy lies in persuasion. Be structured, brief and attractive. Support your arguments with good exhibits. Prepare carefully, because Preparation simplifies delivery.

For example, drafting a statutory declaration may be considered a written extension of oral advocacy. Aside from brief and well-supported arguments, it is important to avoid exaggerating the facts available to you, this is a big trap you must run away from.

3. Be A Good Time Manager And Good Keeper

To avoid your job from being a source of tension or dissatisfaction, have a system in place to monitor everything you do, allocated to the right client or administrative tasks. Starting with a simple list every day can help you control your time – and allow you to leave on time.

Mind also to spend record time on PLT or CPD and ad hoc time representing the organization at job fairs (under “marketing”) or supervising a temporary clerk (under “mentoring”). These records are useful in performance reviews because they reflect a good, well-trained lawyer.

4. Be Good To Yourself But Don’t Expect An Easy Life

The hours every lawyer spend at work are unavoidably very long. So long, indeed, so prepare your mind for tough times and be really ready to be committed to your job than pleasure.
You may not get so much leisure time for yourself until later on in your career.

However, don not forget that your health is really important, so try as much as possible to often take time out for rest and see your loved ones.

This is an approach that is basically good for your wellbeing. Also, note that you would probably make mistakes as a new lawyer. However, as well-trained pessimists, lawyers often find themselves far too difficult to make mistakes. Reframe your error rather as the necessary lesson that countless lawyers have learned before you. As long as you know and improve consistently, it was worth making a mistake.

Discuss like An Expert

Negotiating is part of a lawyer’s daily workload on behalf of your client. This effectively requires you to develop emotional understanding and empathy, two skills that are not easily taught. To succeed as a negotiator, it is vital to be ‘hard on the problem,’ but ‘soft on the people.’

In other words, be firm on the role of your customer without making it personal to the person sitting at the bargaining table. Be courteous and cooperative as a negotiator; it is, after all, much more friendly and easier to resolve issues like that.

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