10 ways to build your legal career
According to him, lawyers ought to imbibe and put into practice these guidelines to build a successful legal career while remaining interested and complete in their lives outside the law
Senior Partner at Betsi Enchill Letsa and Ankomah, a popular law firm in Ghana, has highlighted ten ways in which lawyers can build their careers.
According to him, lawyers ought to imbibe and put into practice these guidelines to build a successful legal career while remaining interested and complete in their lives outside the law.
Speaking at the Professional Dialogue Series organized by the Ghana Chapter of the African Bar Association, the astute lawyer outlined the following;
Treating your partners' clients by making their lives easy. Making sure that the quality of work that goes to them does not come back with too many changes.
Secondly, do not lose focus on the law because that is what you are about. The profession is defined by statutes, cases, and our well-defined practice. A lawyer’s first thinking should always be the law because it is what attracts the clients to you.
Also, Protecting your integrity. He mentioned four things to do in this regard; your independence of thought, confidentiality, professional integrity, and avoiding conflict of interest.
Additionally, taking charge of your development. You need to develop yourself by having at least a two to five-year plan and so on.
The fifth thing is to log your hours correctly because what you measure is what you get.
Furthermore, driving assignments forward by showing a difference between your draft one and the others
Mr. Ankomah also touched on delivering what he termed your ‘TRUE work’ thus Timely, Relevant, User-friendly, and Exemplary work. To be user-friendly, he tasked lawyers to mind their language.
The eighth way is by making availability your priority by accepting the instruction of clients irrespective of their size and being available.
The next thing is by striking a balance between work and life in general by prioritizing other things that are very relevant to one’s development or growth as a person.
Finally, he advised lawyers to ‘make smart rain.’ He mentioned some kinds of lawyers for this purpose. They are; the Lead chair who is the recognized expert; the brain surgeons who are the established in-house experts and the point persons.
Mr. Ankomah therefore tasked lawyers to meet people, make connections and learn new things.