How to Become a Legal Advocate

Lisa JacksonMay 3, 2021

Do you want to become a legal advocate? If so, you need to consider volunteer work in your desired niche to gain experience and get recognition for your expertise and services. Most legal jobs demand legal experience alongside a legal degree. Volunteer work or an internship would help you gain the necessary experience to land a good legal job.

Sometimes law students choose legal advocacy as their profession to gain experience. Legal advocates need to pass background checks, drug tests and need to undergo the required job training once they are hired.

Legal advocacy pays a modest salary depending upon the work type and whether the organization is funded or not. Sometimes it pays next to nothing if the organizations are publicly or privately funded to do pro bono work, but the lack of sufficient earnings is compensated by the experience you can gain—and the potential networking opportunities associated with such jobs. 

Tips To Become A Good Legal Advocate

Keep scrolling down to read tips on how to become a legal advocate.

Advocate for a cause you are passionate about

Advocacy requires the art of persuasion and lots of patience. When you are passionate about the cause, this will be evidence of your effective advocacy and your message will come across strongly.

Be assertive, but not aggressive

Strong communication is no doubt the heart of advocacy, but that does not mean that you should become aggressive. Practical advocates need to be assertive in order to get their message across. Never forget to draw a line between assertion and aggression if you want to be a successful legal advocate.

Be an active listener

Good advocates are always good listeners who understand the multi-directional flow of ideas and information. If you want your audience to listen to you, you need to listen to them in the first place and actually care about what they have to say.

Devote enough time for preparation

To be an effective legal advocate, you’ll need to do plenty of research and be completely prepared for your case. For example, if you are an advocate for old-age citizens, you need to be familiar with the policies, applicable laws, current statistics, and available resources.

We hope you find this guide helpful in your quest to become a legal advocate. Do let us know if you have any questions in the comments section below.

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