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The Most Important Soft Skills an Attorney Should Master

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There is so much to consider in attaining a well-rounded education as an attorney, but most rising students are not thinking about soft skills, but are instead consumed by the nuts and bolt of law school, such as learning how to be strong in the areas of analytical and critical thinking, and ultimately, attaining powerful courtroom skills. Students must spend as much time going to class and studying as they would on a full-time job, along with learning everything possible about the law and legal procedures. Law school training is critical, but beyond that, real-life experience will put that education...

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Negotiating: Understanding the Logic of the Other Side

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There may be times when you wonder why you must play the game of negotiation at all; really, doesn't logic say it would just be easier for both parties to say what they want and get on with it? Many times, that is what they do in the beginning, but without hopes to give up the farm. Negotiations often involve high stakes and the process can become a stressful game as both parties are extremely concerned about their property, finances, personal and professional well-being, and overall—their future. From the outside looking in, negotiating may appear to be a tiresome process,...

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Understanding What it Means to Brief Your Cases

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Are you thinking about attending law school, or have already begun? If so, you may be driven to succeed by a complete fear of failure—after all, competition can be fierce in the higher learning atmosphere, but especially in a curriculum like that of law. Online distance learning at a law school like ___ presents the opportunity to cut out a lot of the stress as you can work from your home and skip so many of the headaches like trying to figure out an alternate place to live close by, commuting, finding childcare if you already have a family, and...

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Good Moral Character is One of the Greatest Traits an Attorney Can Possess

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Do you remember when lawyer jokes were all the rage? For the most part, such verbal games paint legal professionals out to be greedy creatures hailing directly from Satan himself—and there are millions of riddles and quips out there. Whether you are in law school or already in practice, it is good to be able to poke fun at yourself, and certainly there are so many attorneys in the work force today that there are bound to be some with less-than-stellar moral character, not to mention poor track records. But in your exposure to other law students, professors, and attorneys...

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The Law School Years: How to Have a Home Life Too

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Before you even head off to law school, you may be steeling yourself for the feeling of never having free time again. Many of us hear horror stories—some extreme—about the rigors of being a first-year law student especially, with some students even developing health problems after becoming so stressed out. The key of course though, is preparation and organization. You must start out that way, and try not to ever get behind, as that is when you may feel overtaken and overwhelmed by the amount of work facing you. If you enter law school with complete dedication and the ability to...

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Writing to Your Reader: What Does This Mean as a Lawyer?

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As a law student enrolled at California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, you will find that there is a serious focus on honing the writing skills; in fact, the Saturday Enrichment Program on campus is one of the most valuable parts of this education, giving students a chance to learn unique essay writing skills that will be extremely helpful for sitting for the bar. You may have had strong writing skills your whole life. You may love to read and have a natural skill. For legal writing, however, there are many facets you will need to master. In many cases,...

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Are You Ready for the Negotiation Table?

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The first approach to the negotiation table is not one to be taken lightly. In most cases, if you are negotiating for a client, the outcome is extremely serious to them—and could perhaps impact their personal or business life substantially. As the negotiator, your reputation and credibility are on the line too, every time you enter into such a process; in fact, you may be negotiating with another party represented by another attorney that you will work opposite—or in some cases further down the road, even alongside—and hopefully, you will learn to work together well and even respect each other...

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Five Skills Extraordinary Lawyers Possess

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As a law student at California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, when you take a break from classes and studying, you may often find yourself daydreaming about what it will be like to become an attorney. You imagine yourself in court, kicking the other side all over the room with your legal prowess and knowledge of the law, not to mention overall charisma and brilliance. And while these are of course all some of the qualities that make up an exceptional lawyer, the reality is that attorneys must possess a wide range of skills to please their clients and...

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Negotiators: How to Handle Difficulties

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The world counts on attorneys to be negotiators—and when your clients needs you to negotiate and get them the best deal, the stress is on, often meaning there may be difficulties. There are many ways to prepare for such a process, but the first business in order is background, background, background! This starts with your own client. Do you fully understand how they ended up in a dispute requiring negotiation, and what was their motivation to begin with? When it comes to the bottom line, what will they agree to accept? Also, understand your client’s relationship with the other party,...

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What Type of Law Practice Do You Envision?

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If you are thinking about enrolling at California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, or if you are already a law student there, being a trial lawyer is probably the law practice you envision. You aren’t alone, as many rising students envision a career presenting cases for trial in the courtroom. This means interviewing your client extensively so that you understand the case comprehensively and can launch a strong defense—speaking in public, thinking quickly in the heat of the moment, and addressing the jury. Being a trial lawyer means you have the chance to make an impact on society in...

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