Lawyers do Love Arguing

lawyers-argueMany “experts” claim that going to law school because you like to argue is a mistake. They are wrong. If you get an adrenaline rush from sticking to your guns and making a point—you are headed to the right place.

Your law school classmates are probably smarter than half of the lawyers you will encounter in your career. Take advantage of the opportunity and argue with your friends as much as possible. Arguing forces you to present your case and poke holes in your opponent’s one. Lawyering in real life is the exact same thing.

Knowing substantive law important. But if you cannot condense, synthesize, and get your point across effectively, you will not succeed. You will lose hearings, cases, negotiations all because you’re afraid to stick to your guns and get a point across.

Your law school friends will be your harshest, and best, critics. Make the most of your three years and refine your argumentation skill set—the payoff will be tremendous.

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  • Vickie Pynchon

    Listening is the key to negotiating. It’s also the key to taking depositions — which, in the day of the vanishing trial — has become the place where lawyers win or lose cases. Arguing is good in legal briefs. Arguing with yourself — challenging yourself about the weaknesses of your own case and the strengths of your opponents’ is also key to a successful litigation career. Put down the posturing and back slowly away. You’ll find yourself resolving disputes — sometimes by means of strategic victories but most often by means of settlement — to your clients’ benefit and your own success.

  • Alexander

    Settlements are fine if you want the minimum for your client, but there are times when a settlement is just not possible or advisable, I for one welcome a good argument and would rather leave settlements for those that don’t like to be at the center of other people attention.

    But arguing a case is more than just arguing its also about holding the jury attention, and in this world of short attention span making sure your argument is been delivered is an art in it self.