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Top 39 Tips for New Litigation Associates and Trial Lawyers: How to Be a Good Litigation Attorney

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Summary: You know how to dazzle the jury box with your closing argument. You know enough now to wing it, right, Icarus? Only if you want to crash and burn.
 
Here's how to be a good litigation attorney.

You've watched dozens of courtroom trials on the tube and on the big screen. You've watched The Practice, and committed most of it to memory, including the special features. You've been the star of moot court every year. You know to never ask a question in court to which you don't know the answer. You know how to execute a crushing cross of your opponent's star witness. You know how to dazzle the jury box with your closing argument. You know enough now to wing it, right, Icarus?

Only if you want to crash and burn.

What do you do when the person sitting at the other lawyer's table has 20 years trial experience to your 20 minutes? Well, short of slumping in your chair and going into the legal dumper, you can get up to trial speed quickly by adopting some of the same tactics those judicial graybeards are using to kick your butt.

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