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5 Keys to a Successful Career as a Lawyer


Dec 23, 2020
5 Keys to a Successful Career as a Lawyer

In the world of advocacy, Adnan Buyung’s name is familiar. He is known as a reliable and successful lawyer. His career in the legal world is not only as a lawyer, you know. Adnan had a career as a prosecutor and then founded Legal Aid Institute. Success does not come by itself. Since childhood, Adnan has worked hard. When he was 12 years old, the son of one of the founders of the Antara News agency named Rahmat Nasution, had been looking for pocket money himself by trading in flea goods at the Kranggan Market, Yogyakarta. It displayed a fighting spirit which later led to success.

For those of you who want to be successful like Adnan, so are some suggestions from him that you can imitate.

1. Work hard

The nature of Adnan’s hard work has been seen since childhood. Adnan did not wait for money to come from his parents. Instead, while his father was fighting in guerrilla against the invaders, Adnan looked for a way to sell junk goods with his younger brother. For him, success is determined by hard work and a sincere intention to study. When he founded LBH, Adnan persisted in calling out ideas to his colleagues and friends until the organization was formed.

2. Diligently practice solving cases

A lawyer will definitely handle cases often in his career. So, according to Adnan, law students must be diligent in practicing solving problems and cases. The goal is to be ready to work after graduating. During college, don’t just be busy exploring theory. However, also learn from the field. Train yourself to solve various cases and improve your skills in legal analysis.

3. Improve writing skills

A lawyer needs more than just analytical skills. You must also master writing skills if you want to be successful. Because, in your career, you will not only face cases and find solutions. You will also write reports that are systematic, clear, and accurate. If your abilities are like that, your career could be stuck. What you wrote was a matter of life and death for clients, you know. So you also have to study hard to improve your writing skills.

4. Good command of English

English language skills are very important for lawyers. In addition to many quality legal journals written in this language, in Indonesia there are also many legal entities that handle cases and problems of foreign companies and expatriates. They must be looking for a lawyer with good English skills. Therefore, from now on, equip yourself. You can take courses both oral and written. Apart from that, you also have to start familiarizing yourself with terms and diction, especially in the legal field.

5. Apprenticeship seriously

The internship period is very important for a law student who wants to become a lawyer. Before becoming an advocate, you have to go through this phase first. Take your apprenticeship seriously. Don’t underestimate him and get busy playing. Because, this phase is one of the factors for your success in the future. Use the internship period to learn practical things because you already got the theory in college. This way, you are already trained when you start working at a law firm.

Those are the five keys you can do if you want to be successful like Adnan Buyung. Well, nothing sounds easy. But what is called success does have to go through hard work and winding roads. Hehe. Oh yeah, don’t forget to defend your grades on campus. As much as possible, balance campus life and internships. Let you stay smart and achieve. Spirit!