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Lawyers and Their Skills

Lawyers and Their Skills

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Lawyers and Their Skills
Law practice is so diverse that it is not possible to describe the so-called typicallawyer. Each lawyer works with different clients and different legal problems.Ordinarily, certain basic legal skills are required of all lawyers. They must know howto:
analyze legal issues in light of the existing state of the law, the direction inwhich the law is headed, and relevant policy considerations;
synthesize material in light of the fact that many issues are multifaceted andrequire the combination of diverse elements into a coherent whole;
advocate the views of groups and individuals within the context of the legalsystem;
give intelligent counsel on the law’s requirements;
write and speak clearly; and
negotiate effectively.Reading and ListeningLawyers must be able to take in a great deal of information, often on topics aboutwhich they are unfamiliar. The ability to digest information from lengthy, dense textsis essential. Equally important is the ability to listen to clients and understand their unique issues and concerns.AnalyzingLawyers must be able to determine the fundamental elements of problems. Theyspend much time discerning the nature and significance of the many issues in aparticular problem. In every issue, the lawyer must study the relationship betweeneach element in order to arrive at an answer, result, or solution.SynthesizingLawyers must learn that because of the complexities of many issues and thenumber of laws either directly or tangentially relevant, they must be able to pulltogether in a meaningful, focused, cogent manner often large amounts of material.AdvocatingAs an advocate, the lawyer’s role is to represent his or her client’s particular point of view and interests as vigorously as possible. The American judicial systemassumes that equitable solutions will emerge from the clash of opposing interests.The success of this adversarial system of American law depends upon the talentsand training of the lawyers who work as advocates within it. Lawyers must be ableto use their advocacy skills to marshal evidence and present arguments as to why aparticular outcome is desirable.

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