Back in 2008, the presidential election absolutely intrigued my curious, young mind. I clipped political cartoons from the Hutchinson Newspaper and taped them all over the sides of my desk hanging them like Christmas lights from a house. Any time I heard the faintest whisper of a political topic, be it the election candidates, the economy, or the war in Iraq, I would eagerly jump at the chance to play politician and debate my ignorant peers. At the end of the day, I’d drag these discussions home to my parents to get more input. I can remember my parents speaking in a sarcastic tone, comparing me to the “dirty, sneaking, scum-bags” in office. They joked about the vast amount of presidents ...view middle of the document...
This is why it is crucial to not only be exceptionally articulate, but to also be very familiar with the art of oral persuasion, and a quote I find quite applicable to this topic, which comes from Thomas B. Macaulay, says, “The object of oratory alone is not truth, but persuasion.” It is the goal of the defense attorney to build as solid of a case against the prosecutors as can be built. This might require an extensive search for evidence or even the ability to highlight the weak spots in the opposing party’s accusations, but if the defense can show there’s enough reasonable doubt, the accused can walk and the objective is achieved.
As I said above, being articulate and persuasive are a few good qualities lawyers commonly have, but there are many other skills and abilities that make a person a fine lawyer. Of course, some basic knowledge every lawyer needs includes that of law and government (O*NET). Without knowledge of the law, how would one practice it? Along with that, it’s very important to know how to write and speak grammatically correct, not only for creating briefs or other legal documents, but also when speaking with a client, judge, or jury. Good defense attorneys need to be able to think critically on their feet. When they are speaking with a client, judge, jury, or prosecutor, they need to be able to understand what’s being said and think quickly enough to have something to respond back with. Negotiation skills are also very helpful in instances like that in order to help buy some time for your defense. So, the
qualities of a good lawyer go beyond being able to persuade. They also need to be able to think on their feet and have good oral and written comprehension.
Of course, these qualities alone cannot permit a person to practice law. It takes years of school and many difficult tests to finally practice law. First, a bachelor’s degree must be obtained. To obtain a bachelor’s degree, you must...