Some may think that becoming a lawyer merely requires you to attend law school and pass the bar, and while this is true in some respects, there is much more to becoming a lawyer than meets the eye. While all the education and exams are necessary, it goes without saying that it takes a particular kind of person to become a lawyer.
Lawyers should have good analytical skills. This means that when they have loads of information thrown at them, and most lawyers do, they will be able to absorb the information and make sense of it within a given time frame. Creativity is another skill set that most, if not all, lawyers should have. It’s not so much that they create situations, but it allows for out of the box thinking that is required in many cases. For example, if there are no solutions by looking at a particular case from one angle, looking at it from another may garner new information. Logical thinking is also a must, lawyers can only present the facts they have, regardless of whether they are defending or prosecuting, so it is important that they are always thinking logically and only giving assumptions that are based on the information given.
Lawyers aren’t the only ones within law who need to have a particular set of skills, court reporters are just as important in the legal world. The first thing a court report must be is accurate, this included them paying close attention to details and is confident within a high pressure environment. Evidently, grammar skills are also important when it comes to typing out transcripts. While some may assume that those who strive for perfection would be ideal for the role, this can actually hinder them. Instead, those who work as court reporters strive for excellence.
The skills alone don’t make a good lawyer or a good court reporter, it is also the person they are. If you have good grammar, but very rarely turn up at events on time, then it may be that court reporting isn’t for you unless you willing to take a long look at your faults and correct them before coming to that particular career path. The same came be said for lawyers, have logical thinking, but getting stressed with large volumes of information will only hinder you in your career. As previously mentioned, it takes a particular kind of person to become a lawyer or court report, so always ensure you are realistic as to what your skill set is. Nobody is perfect, and everybody can change their habits, just ensure that you have everything in place before you start spending on education and applying for those all-important roles.
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