COMMUNICATION #1--if you communicate to your clients, then their happy. You communicate with the courts, i.e. judges, law clerks, etc. then the courts are happy===even if you mess up, people are much more willing to help you fix your mess up's when your communicating & polite about it.
Believe it or not, a low level clerk at the courts can make or break you in that court system. Judges ask their employees what attorneys are jerks and what attorney treat the employees well. Judges will deal with attorneys accordingly, even though most attorney's don't know that..we actually had a judge require an attorney to go to anger management courses before he was allowed back into her courtroom.
ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS #2--you MUST be extremely organized. Court filings have due dates and if they are not filed on time--FORGET IT! Even in the most intese court cases with all the evidence in the world to prove your case, if you file 1 document 10 minutes later then a judge tells you..your whole case could be thrown out.
KNOW THE LAWS that your specializing in--at 13 you probably don't realize all the different specialties that lawyers get into. For example many lawyers don't even step foot in court rooms, however their jobs are based on being lawyers. Especially in real estate law, etc. Most attorneys pick 1 or 2 fields of expertise, i.e. Bankruptcy Law or Divorce Law or Medical Malpractice or Real Estate Law or Probate Law. It would be difficult to become extremely knowledgeable in all these different specialties.
Md. Shahnewaz Zwaki Advocate The Supreme Court of Bangladesh (High Court Division).