- Conduct a Client Meeting
- Plan for the meeting.
- Establish rapport with the client.
- Understand the client's goals.
- Use active listening and attending skills.
- Keep the meeting on track.
- Obtain necessary facts from the client.
- Communicate at the client's level.
- Present options in clear, simple language.
- Recognize and address the client's feelings and emotions.
- Deal with difficult clients.
- Communicate empathy.
- Prepare an accurate record of meeting.
- Plan and Manage a Case
- Investigate a case file by systematic fact gathering.
- Diagnose the nature of the problem presented by the client.
- Sift facts and legal authorities.
- Generate options that fit a client's needs and goals.
- Evaluate and prioritize options.
- Formulate a plan of execution.
- Develop and implement a time line.
- In litigated matters, evaluate and, when appropriate, implement alternative
dispute resolution techniques.
- Draft Legal Documents
- Obtain instructions and information necessary to complete the project.
- Address all relevant issues and accurately describe the rights and obligations
of the parties.
- Use clear and concise language.
- Effectively reflect the parties' positions.
- Persuasively advance the client's interests.
- Use logical organization and avoid internal inconsistencies.
- Express facts and positions accurately.
- Use appropriate style and tone.
- Produce a professional-appearing product.
- Prepare for negotiations.
- Develop mastery of the subjects in dispute including facts, client
goals, legal issues, negotiating styles, opponent's needs and personal
or emotional factors.
- Ascertain the extent of your own and your opponent's authority.
- Develop discipline and self-mastery.
- Assert an effective negotiating demeanor.
- Listen and observe attentively.
- Recognize opportunities for mutual gain.
- Recognize and use tactics and strategy.
- Advance negotiations to effective resolution.
- Implement negotiated agreements.
- Utilize alternative dispute resolution techniques.
- Interview and Examine Witnesses
- Plan the objective of the interview or examination.
- Motivate cooperation from the witnesses.
- Select and organize questions.
- Phrase questions effectively.
- Listen attentively during the interview or examination.
- Pay attention to non-verbal cues.
- Record witness statements.
- Communicate Orally
- Speak effectively in court, non-trial forums, business meetings,
or public assemblies.
- Obtain instructions and information necessary to execute the presentation.
- Organize facts and arguments.
- Express thoughts clearly and persuasively.
- Recognize and respond to the perspectives and needs of an audience.
- Pay attention to physical communication techniques (including gestures,
eye contact, visual aids, and physicality).
- Examine Ethics and Professionalism
- Critically examine the Rules of Professional Conduct and other standards
and norms that affect a lawyer's behavior.
- Foresee fact situations, relationships and role demands in law practice
that may conflict with the Rules, professional norms, standards, and personal
- Competently analyze ethical dilemmas and identify alternative courses
- Make and implement responsible choices among alternative courses
- Identify goals to achieve justice and improve the legal profession.
- Manage a Law Practice
- Understand the structure, systems, economics, and techniques used
to operate the modern law office.
- Find and utilize resources available to assist in the task of lawyering.
- Plan and manage time, effort, and other resources to gain control
over workload and to be able to work under time pressure.
- Work as a member of a group of people to successfully represent clients.
- Develop productive working relationships with clients.
- Balance a productive law practice with a healthy personal life.
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