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Patience is a Key Attribute for Master Negotiators

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While having and expressing emotions is purely human, it is best to keep most of them well-contained during legal proceedings and discussions with other colleagues who may well be master negotiators. Some level of vulnerability may be helpful as both sides work together in reaching an agreement—and both empathy and sympathy can play a major role in helping you as an attorney to understand all parties involved and create a winning result; however, most of us have seen an outburst or two in the courtroom, in mediation, or just at the bargaining table—and it’s never pretty. Keeping your feelings in check...

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Bargaining: You Must be Patient, Persistent & Calculating

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We’ve all had to bargain at one time or another. At an early age, you may have found yourself attempting to bargain with your parents, whether in offering to do more chores in order to stay out late on a weekend, cajoling a sibling out of the last piece of dessert, or trying to borrow a coveted item. Perhaps you have always been more persuasive than others or consistently enjoyed exercises like debating or arguing your point. One thing is for sure: if you are overwhelmed during the negotiation process, or prone to blowing your top, you won’t get far—especially as...

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Understanding Alternative Dispute Resolution & Why It Works

Whether you are just entering law school or a new practice, understanding alternative dispute resolution will help you in your career immensely. Although it does not involve litigation or going to trial, methods like mediation and arbitration may sometimes be required by the court, used to push a case along further, or they may be all that is required for coming to an agreement. Arbitration or mediation may be less formal than the court atmosphere, but it is not often that the results are overturned—and once settlement agreements have been signed by all parties involved after a resolution is reached,...

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Think You are a Natural Negotiator? Probably Not!

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You may be a natural negotiator, enjoying the art of the deal, and the thrill of winning in a debate so much that you decided a career in law was the obvious move. Along with being able to argue and win a point, a skilled lawyer must also be adept at thinking analytically, researching all details relevant to a case, and communicating clearly. Fine-tuning these skills can be challenging, as the many hours dedicated to studying in law school will usually prove. And while you will find that it is necessary to be smooth at both arguing and achieving resolution...

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Establishing Focal Points at the Bargaining Table

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It is important to arrive at the bargaining table completely prepared. With court appearances, new cases to deal with, and the hectic pace of managing your law practice in the future, however, you may find that to be a difficult task to follow through with sometimes. Flying by the seat of your pants during a negotiation is a great way to find yourself completely embarrassed though, as well as on the losing end for a client who may be relying on you to close a very important deal. Along with compiling background on the other side before arriving (this includes basic...

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Weak Writing Skills? Why You Will Need to Improve Them for Your Law Career

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Good writing comes from an enormous amount of practice. While you may love to read and writing may come easy, if you are planning to pursue a career in law, your communication skills in putting pen to paper must become finely-tuned. And this does not mean writing in excruciating legalese either! The best writers can communicate clearly and in as interesting a manner as possible, although that may sometimes be challenging if the subject matter is extremely technical or just plain old dry. An attorney’s day is often spent researching, reading, poring over long documents, and writing on matters that may...

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The World Today Offers So Many Online Conveniences, Including Education

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From paperless to wireless to almost everything available online, if you are into efficiency today you probably perform a wide range of tasks online from researching items to looking up phone numbers and addresses to shopping and making monthly payments on everything from your home to your car to credit cards and more, involving online conveniences. A real global gamechanger, however, is the ability to attain an education online too. Many high-school and college students have already integrated online coursework into their curriculum, but such classes are usually peripheral or considered enhancements to the requirements for being in school. Colleges and...

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Playing Hardball is Not Always the Best Choice in Negotiation

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Negotiating is not just an art, but a multi-faceted one. A tool for reaching agreements through what is sometimes extended and even difficult discussions, negotiating is often used to break through disagreements, with the hopes of avoiding further arguing or dispute. And although it may seem manipulating to hone your negotiating skills for the sake of ‘winning,’ in the end being a skilled negotiator just means being a master listener—and communicator. There are many different techniques you can employ as a negotiator, but some may be more applicable to your personality overall; for instance, you may have a more aggressive or...

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Negotiating Settings: Understand Which Are Best

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As a law student, you will have a long list of challenging, and hopefully enormously inspiring, subjects to study, including the art of negotiating and establishing negotiating settings. And while you may think you have a tight grip on negotiating already due to a naturally insightful and analytical mind, there is a lot of psychology that goes into this type of work—and if you want to win for your client, it may involve much strategy too when dealing with an important case. A novice negotiator, or an overly confident one, may be content to settle for a generic setting; however, it...

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The Advantages of Attending Law School Online

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Distance learning has been growing in popularity for decades now; in fact, millions of students in the US today are taking at least one course online—often in tandem with conventional college courses too. And while standard campuses may eschew the online classroom and continue to sell students on the virtues of being at school in person, growing numbers of courses are offered virtually. Distance learning allows students of any age added flexibility in schedule along with the simple economics of not having to commute (or even change out of pajamas for that matter!), not having to worry about childcare, and...

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