Following from our previous look at the five essential qualities that a civil litigation law professional must possess to be successful in the profession, we have compiled a list of three additional qualities that are integral to succeed as a Civil Litigation Attorney.
Rules of Evidence Knowledge
Evidentiary support is paramount in the legal process. For a claim of any nature to be successful there must be evidence to back up the decision. This is no more apparent than in civil litigation cases.
A civil litigation case can hinge on evidentiary support. This requires the legal professional to have an appropriate understanding of the rules of evidence. These rules should be consistently observed. Failure to present evidence in accordance with the rules of evidence may result in costly additional legal fees, or in the worst case scenario, the evidence may become inadmissible.
Flexibility and Learning Potential
Working in tandem with providing a transparent and honest service, an attorney must be flexible and willing to investigate areas of the law that they have lesser experience of. When a plaintiff approaches a legal professional with a civil litigation case, there may only be a relatively small window of opportunity to adapt to the legal parameters of addressing the claim.
If, as the legal professional, you feel that addressing the case may become problematic because of a lack of experience, you may be doing your client a disservice by acting as counsel to a client. The law is consistently evolving. If you, as the attorney, feel that you are unable to interpret the law in a manner that’s beneficial to the client, it may be wise to bypass the case.
One trait that should be intrinsic for all legal professionals are honed interpersonal skills. A civil litigator will spend much of their time gathering evidentiary support for the claimant. This will require an exemplary ability to communicate with people. These interpersonal skills will also be needed when presenting evidence in a court of law or arbitration.
Holding these three qualities will allow for a civil litigation professional to excel in the profession, and be in much demand.