How Do You Know If Your Lawyer Is Any Good?

There are millions of jokes about lawyers. For example, who hasn’t heard the one about how 10,000 lawyers being chained to the bottom of the ocean is a good start? Lawyers are stereotypically known for being evasive and dishonest, but let’s face it, if you find yourself in hot water with the law, you will most definitely want and need the best defense your money can buy. But how do you know what constitutes a good lawyer? In this article, we’ll take a look at certain experiences that make average lawyers into good ones.

It’s not just about education

While the right legal education is obviously of vital importance, there are other formative experiences that help make a lawyer into a very good one. One such helpful factor in molding a lawyer into a top notch defender of the law is constructive criticism given to a novice lawyer by a senior lawyer.

It can sometimes be an awkward situation for a senior lawyer to give feedback that is somewhat negative in nature, but it can make a world of difference. For example, an inexperienced associate lawyer may think his preparation for certain cases or projects is excellent, but not having ample experience in the field, when his or her work is reviewed by an upper level lawyer, he or she may find that the work done, really wasn’t that great at all. This article better explains how beneficial upper level criticism, negative or otherwise, can be for lawyers who are just starting out.

Serious implications

One might wonder why positive and negative criticism is needed for anyone practicing law once they have received a good education and familiarized themselves with every aspect of the law, but just knowing and memorizing the law is not enough. The best way to understand this is to look at it from a defendant’s perspective. Randy, of the criminal attorney team at Tarrant Defense, affirms: “When talking with potential clients we explain that they are at a critical stage and choosing the best criminal attorney for their case is very important. An arrest and conviction of any criminal charge involves the potential for harsh consequences, such as fines, probation and even jail time. Any criminal conviction on your record can impact your employment, your housing options and your life in ways that you may not anticipate right now.”

If you are someone that has been accused of a crime, you don’t want to gamble your future on just anyone; you want the person handling your case to be the best and most prepared lawyer you can find, so you’ll want your lawyer to have been subject to be, and to have been, continually improving.

Finding the best

Once you understand the importance of choosing the best lawyer possible, you might be confused about where to begin looking for the right lawyer. How exactly can you be sure that the lawyers you’re searching through are well-qualified and competent? A good place to start is by asking someone you know who has used a lawyer for a referral. If you don’t know anyone who can offer you a referral, you can start by narrowing down your search to specialists in the specific category that is related to your legal problem. The linked article here provides more info on how to go about finding the lawyer that is right for you and your specific situation.



I like your point about criticism from more experienced attorneys. I think that constructive criticism from people with more experience is helpful in almost any professional field. However, I think particularly in criminal defense law it is crucial. There is so much about defending criminal cases that is learned with experience. I think most young lawyers are eager to learn from the superiors.

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