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Lawyers and Their Skills

Lawyering Skills 

Law practice is so diverse that it is not possible to describe the so-called typical lawyer. Each lawyer works with different clients and different legal problems. Ordinarily, certain basic legal skills are required of all lawyers. They must know:

  • how to analyze legal issues in light of the existing state of the law, the direction in which the law is headed, and relevant policy considerations;
  • how to synthesize material in light of the fact that many issues are multifaceted and require the combination of diverse elements into a coherent whole;
  • how to advocate the views of groups and individuals within the context of the legal system;
  • how to give intelligent counsel on the law's requirements;
  • how to write and speak clearly; and
  • how to negotiate effectively.

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