Lawyer’s responsibilitiesDecember 11, 2020
If you are “lost” in search of your calling, pay attention to how necessary and popular the profession of lawyer remains at all times. Its pros and cons are not as obvious as they seem at first glance. We will try to consider them in detail in this article.
Who are lawyers. What they do, what responsibilities they perform
A lawyer is a professional guarding the law. Being well versed in legal documentation, he protects the interests of citizens who turn to him for help. Of course, this is only the most general definition.
Lawyers working in ministries and departments are engaged in rule-making activities, that is, they directly “compose”, develop the wording of laws, regulations, decrees. They also edit and revise the content of the legal documentation.
High-class lawyers work in the court, prosecutor’s office, police, FSB, supervisory authorities, as well as in the tax and customs services. They protect public order, warn and investigate violations.
A significant part of the “experts in the law” are engaged in the field of defending the interests of commercial organizations. In large corporations and banks, full-fledged legal departments are created, which are tasked with:
- Provide the correct formalization of the company’s commercial transactions from the point of view of Australian and international law.
- Protect the interests of the company in court, participate in out-of-court settlement of disputes with partners.
Lawyers with private practice receive citizens, helping in ordinary issues related to inheritance, division of property, housing or tax disputes, and disagreements with employers.
Some graduates of law schools remain within the walls of their native academies and universities in order to teach special disciplines to future “lawyers”.
Experts with extensive experience also receive income from journalistic activities.
Whatever responsibilities you assume profession “lawyer”, the pros and cons of the specialty are important to analyze before you sign an employment contract.
What qualities are important to have?
A professional legalist must have a special character and mindset in order to truly succeed in his field. What character do traits distinguish a lawyer confidently striding forward?
1. Learnability. To become in demand in the market of legal services, it is necessary to constantly replenish the baggage of knowledge, scrupulously monitor changes in laws, regulations, and regulations. An experienced lawyer gets used to complex, often ambiguous document wording.
2. Responsibility. The fate of a person, a family, and often a company with thousands of employees depends on how well this specialist performs his tasks. It is important to be able to bear this burden and cope with it.
3. Resistance to stress. The lawyer has to regularly “move mountains” on tight deadlines, while making difficult decisions. Each step should be done impartially, balanced, with a cool head. It is very difficult not to give in to panic and not be afraid of the consequences of your own mistakes, omissions, and rash actions.
4. Ability to work with people and inspire confidence. A lawyer who is too modest, shy, doubting everything is unlikely to succeed. For people in difficult situations, it is important to get a clear answer, what can be done, how to protect the interests of their family and business. An unshakable confidence should be felt in the voice, demeanor, intonation of a professional. That is why the profession “lawyer” is remarkable. The pros and cons of it are that a person who has made the decision to earn money in the field of law is simply forced to become not only stronger, but also more attractive to people – potential clients.
5. Purposefulness and persistence. The one who does not give up wins – this is the principle of an excellent lawyer. A competent specialist, even in the most hopeless case, looks for clues to improve the situation for the client.
6. Ability to create a reputation for yourself. The success of a lawyer largely depends on what is said about him. Professionals are working on their image. To do this, they have to pay attention to many seemingly insignificant details. For potential clients, it matters what kind of clothes a lawyer or legal adviser wears, what property he owns, what people he meets.
Before contacting a specialist, people try to make inquiries about him. If it becomes known that things are not going well for him (he lost several cases in a row, quarreled with an influential person, interrupts from bread to water), potential customers will hesitate to go to him. However, too expensive and a well-known lawyer can cause distrust among people: they do not want to pay too much just for the status of an expert.