But the lawyer’s skills are acquired long before being in court and, although they have a lot to do with knowing the laws and codes, they are closely related to other personal competencies, some of which are innate, but others are achieved with time and, above all, with study Law notes.
To know what these skills are, Ernesto Calderón, dean of the UDEP Law School, tells us five skills of a successful lawyer.
- Citizen commitment:
The good lawyer is constantly interested in what happens in his society. Not only does he know the law, but he has a clear vision about economics, politics, social issues and how they impact people.
- Critical sense:
A lawyer does not believe in the first thing he is told, but is capable of forming and defending his own position after in-depth analysis of a series of factors in order to make rational decisions.
- Management of large amounts of information:
To do this, you must have work and order habits, as well as develop communication skills, since you will have to structure and express highly complex ideas in a clear and precise way. This is something that a lawyer does in his daily life.
- Future vision:
Based on the analysis of the information, the lawyer anticipates, intuits and decides to plan and execute with a vision of the future, projecting what will happen. This should not be restricted only to his work, but also to his career and personal life.
- It is not pigeonholed in books:
A good lawyer needs to know well the reality that surrounds him and the environment in which he makes decisions. In any field, for example, business or international, he will have to know the rules of the game well and know what the decisive factors are in each of them.
Finally, the dean advises that the lawyer always seek to be in contact with multicultural realities other than his own, since in this way he will enrich his vision of the world and will be able to meet new people and experiences, which will contribute to his personal and professional training.