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Five Skills You Need To Be a Great Solicitor

Published: Friday 26th October 2018

Female solicitor reading a law book

When it comes to solicitors jobs, there is a lot of competition out there. Securing one means showing you’ve got what it takes to be a great solicitor. At the very least that means having a natural combination of intelligence, analytical prowess, and superb communication skills, both orally and when it comes to preparing documents and letters.

Here is a rundown of the essential skills you’ll need if you want to secure a solicitor job:

Be a great communicatorcommunication between a team

Let’s start with the most obvious. You’re going to have to be an outstanding communicator if you want to be a successful solicitor. As well as influencing and persuading, if you are to advocate effectively on behalf of your client, you’ll need to be able to listen and read between the lines to find the information and insights you need to succeed in a case. You’ll need to be confident speaking in court, negotiating settlements with other parties and explaining complicated legal information to clients.

female private banker looking at the windowBe commercially aware

Whether you’re working in a job at a big law firm or small private high street firm, you need to be aware of the business environment, as well as social, political and economic developments both locally and globally that can affect the success of your firm, as well as the cases you handle. Deadlines and discretion are vital in the world of law and you’ll need a high level of commercial acumen to manage what’s required in terms of both.

Manage your time effectivelyWoman managing clocks and time

Being a solicitor is not for the work-shy. Time is money and your career will take up a lot of your time. Expect long hours and late nights. To stay on top of a challenging workload, you’ll have to be meticulous with your time and able to juggle a range of equally demanding priorities.

man kicking door

Demonstrate resilience and confidence

Working in such a competitive industry, you can expect rejection and setbacks throughout your career – especially when you’re starting out. While there are plenty of London jobs, finding entry level role in legal work elsewhere in the UK can be more difficult. You’ll need to be determined, able to take the knocks and come back out fighting at every stage of your career.

looking out of a magnifying glassA head for figures and attention to detail

As well as all that complex legal terminology, you may also have to deal with detailed financial information and account statements, which will mean you need to have a high level of numeracy and some basic accounting knowledge. In fact, an accountancy background could give you a better chance when it comes to securing an interview for an entry-level legal job. The old adage says that the devil is in the detail and this applies more to the legal profession than almost any other job or career. A minor mistake when it comes to clauses and contracts could mean losing the case, or, worse still, the client.

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