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What Type of Personality Traits Are Needed to Help a Family Lawyer Succeed?

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Many of the legal professionals quickly point out that choosing family law means a great deal of client contact and often times dealing with those who are experiencing highly stressful situations.
 
What Type Of Personality Traits Are Needed To Help A Family Lawyer Succeed?


Professor Linda Elrod, who teaches family law at Washburn Law School, tells students interested in this field that they "must be a 'people' person and enjoy helping people restructure their lives."

Family lawyers surveyed for this article agree that it helps to be an extrovert and a strong desire to help people. Asked what personality traits are useful, many respond with phrases such as "liking people," "have charisma," and "need people skills."

The most frequently mentioned personality trait, however, is having patience. Over 55% of the practitioners include being patient among the traits needed to succeed or, as one lawyer puts it, "patience, patience, and more patience." Successful family lawyers must be patient with "their clients, opposing counsel, court personnel, and the system," another survey respondent writes.

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