Lawyer Monthly - June 2022

WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM | JUN 2022 86 THOUGHT LEADER - ADRIANA ANCA BOGHIU The Qualities of a Successful Criminal Lawyer Criminal lawyers will always be in demand, but not all practitioners combine the qualities needed to excel in the field. This month we hear from Adriana Anca Boghiu, who shares the insights she has gained from her career as a criminal lawyer in Romania. What professional skills are required to fill the role, how can they be trained, and what is the culture that an aspiring criminal lawyer must work within? internships, externships or volunteer work. The more experience you have working with the criminal justice system, the better prepared you will be to become a successful lawyer. How can these qualities be recognised and trained? Some of these qualities, such as strong writing and research skills, can be developed through law school coursework. Others, like being able to think on your feet and maintain a professional demeanour, may be more difficult to train. However, there are many ways to develop these skills. For example, you can join amock trial teamor participate in moot court competitions. You can also seek out opportunities to clerk for a lawyer’s office or work as a research assistant for a criminal defence attorney. These experiences will give you the opportunity to hone your skills and learn more about what it takes to be a successful lawyer. Quality can be identified by the results obtained, by the methods applied, by the strategies proposed to clients – and they can be trained through specialised and ultra-specialised practice, through In your experience, what are the personal or professional qualities displayed by successful criminal lawyers? Perseverance, reliability, a role in clarifying situations and accurately understanding and expressing legal applicability and, most importantly, dedicated and total involvement in each client’s particular situation. There is no one formula for success as a lawyer, but there are certain qualities that tend to make lawyers more successful. Some of these qualities include: being detail-oriented and organised, having strong writing and research skills, being able to think on your feet, argumentative ability, maintaining a professional and calm demeanour, and possessing excellent people skills. Aspiring lawyer should try to develop as many of these qualities as possible. In addition, it is also important to get experience working in the criminal justice system, whether through There is no one formula for success as a lawyer, but there are certain qualities that tend to make lawyers more successful.

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