I was very excited to conduct this interview and to learn interesting things about the law profession and the interview surely provided me with that. I was able to find some key findings in my interview with the professional lawyer I had chosen, these were that law involves a lot of listening, and that nonverbal communication plays a large factor in law.
Law is an almost counselor like profession. I learned that, besides the main fact to fight cases, lawyers are hired by clients just as a person to talk to! Clients feel that it is very important to tell the lawyer their side of the story and its very important for the lawyer to actually listen, to show the client that they care about what they have to say. I came to the conclusion that this is best looked at as therapeutic listening. Lawyers are providing a service that is almost like something a therapist would provide. They are hired by a client and they have to listen to the clients problems and whatever case they are about to get into, then the lawyer provides their services to help with the clients outcome as best as they possibly can. I was told during the interview that listening can determine whether you even get hired or not! If the potential client feels that you a are not actively listening to them then they will take their business somewhere else where they feel that the lawyer actually cares about what they have to say.
Nonverbal also plays a large role in being a lawyer. While you are listening to the client you have to show good nonverbal behavior that helps the client know that you are listening. Also during things like mediation, litigation, and court; nonverbal communication can be important to show opposing council, judges, or mediators that you are listening to them and show a professional look. My Interviewee told me that during some court hearings the opposing lawyer will be on his/her phone and not really paying attention to what is going on at the moment. At this point the judge could subconsciously favor the other lawyer more just because it seems like they are paying attention and listening better.
These were the two best key findings I found during my interview. Law requires a lot of therapeutic and active listening and the nonverbal communication you show is very important as well. The interview I conducted was very interesting and I learned a lot of beneficial things from it.
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