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Corporate Lawyers

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Experience as a law intern or clerk is highly recommended. Corporate lawyers need excellent communication and interpersonal skills since they frequently work closely with various corporate departments, legal colleagues, business executives, board members, and government regulators. They should be levelheaded and be able to work under pressure. Other important traits include financial and business acumen, organizational and problem-solving ability, research and information management skills, fairness, integrity, the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team, cultural competency, reasoning and analytical ability, good judgment, a professional demeanor, excellent negotiation skills, and a willingness to continue to learn throughout one’s career. Computer skills—including proficiency in using legal databases and legal and general software—are also important for corporate attorneys.

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