A seasoned lawyer in the field of law plays a pivotal role in shaping legal strategies and advocating for clients’ interests. They are responsible for analyzing complex legal issues, advising clients on their rights and obligations, and representing them in various legal proceedings. By conducting thorough legal research, drafting persuasive legal documents, and presenting compelling arguments in court, the lawyer ensures that clients receive effective legal representation. Their expertise and experience enable them to navigate intricate legal frameworks, negotiate favorable outcomes, and resolve disputes amicably. Through their dedication to justice and adherence to ethical standards, lawyers contribute significantly to upholding the rule of law and protecting the rights of individuals and organizations.

Common tasks 

    TaskRelated trait(s)
    Analyze the probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents. Creativity and problem solving Attention to detail
    Advise clients concerning business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits, or legal rights and obligations. Effective Listening 
    Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges, and question witnesses during the course of a trial. Creativity and problem solving Attention to detail Emotional intelligence
    Interpret laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses. Reading comprehension
    Present evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in criminal or civil litigation. Effective Listening  Emotional intelligence Resilience
    Represent clients in court or before government agencies. Effective Listening  Resilience Emotional intelligence
    Present and summarize cases to judges and juries. Effective Listening 

    Soft skills measured by TraitForward

    TraitNo of QuestionsCronbach’s  alpha (α)
    Persuasive communication110.84
    Can they effectively persuade and influence others through clear articulation, eloquent expression, and compelling arguments?
    Effective Listening80.71
    Are they adept at attentive listening, empathizing with others, and appreciating diverse viewpoints and emotions to enhance client relationships and teamwork?
    Reading comprehension70.76
    Can they effectively analyze complex legal texts and extract key information to support accurate advice and compelling arguments?
    Social confidence50.75
    Are they adept at projecting assurance, positively influencing others, and contributing meaningfully to team dynamics in the legal profession?
    Task completion80.79
    Can they consistently manage tasks, meet deadlines, and maintain high standards in their legal work?
    Creativity and problem solving80.78
    Are they adept at devising innovative strategies and resolving complex legal issues through creative thinking and problem-solving?
    Emotional intelligence70.80
    Are they adept at understanding and empathizing with others’ feelings, effectively managing social interactions to build client relationships and navigate conflicts in the legal profession?
    Can they consistently demonstrate honesty, ethical principles, and a commitment to truthfulness in upholding ethical standards and maintaining credibility in the legal profession?
    Can they maintain composure, focus, and persistence in the face of challenges and pressure within the legal profession?
    Attention to detail80.78
    Can they consistently ensure accuracy and quality in legal work by paying close attention to small but important details?
    *Cronbach’s alpha coefficient (α) determines the extent to which the questions consistently measure each trait and it is expressed as a number ranging between 0 and 1 . Higher values indicate higher agreement between questions.  A value of α equal to greater than .7 indicates acceptable reliability or internal consistency.  For more information on the psychometric properties of the solution, please click here.

    Did you Know?

    Source: Payscale

    Median wage: 

    $135,740 / per year

    $65.26 / hour

    The median annual wage for this profession is $135,740. Nonetheless several professionals may not be paid in that rate. A relatively low salary the 10th percentile of the annual wage is $66.470, whilst a relatively high salary, the 90th percentile of the annual wage is $239,200.

    Expected employment growth:

    Number (in thousands in 2022): 826.300

    Number (in thousands in 2032): 888.700

    Employment percent change: 8

    Entry Education level:

    Lawyers typically hold a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school, which is required to practice law in most jurisdictions. Additionally, they must pass the bar exam in the state or region where they intend to practice. Advanced education, such as master’s degrees or Ph.D.s in specialized areas of law, may be pursued for certain legal specialties or academic roles. Continuous legal education is essential for lawyers to stay abreast of changes in laws and regulations relevant to their practice areas.

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