A lawyer is a person who practice law as an advocate, solicitor, attorney, attorney at law, barrister, etc. To be a lawyer, one must go through the process of training, pass the bar examination and be duly called to the bar.

A legal practitioner must be ethically vibrant, intelligent, assiduous with his tasks and more importantly readily interested in learning.

A attorney must have the interest of the client at heart. A lawyer must be conscious of the fiduciary relationship and be careful never to take advantage of the relationship.

It is fundamental for every legal officer to know the need for keeping an updated diary. A diary is a record of activities, done and yet to be done.  The better diary  an attorney keeps, the more organized and focused he is. An updated diary aids a attorney to remember his daily activities and to keep record of past activities. It should be noted that a lawyer is expected to be most organised, focused and composed. There is no how a layer will keep adequate record of his activities if he does not maintain a good diary. A diary well kept is a life well ran.

In addition to keeping a good diary, a good lawyer must also keep a good record of activities done and procedures. This will enable him make references in times of need and   also help his employees  learn without him having to teach them all the time. A good record also aid a lawyer in writing situation report to a client. It also assist a lawyer in following up court matters , knowing the stage  and what next in any court matter.

In a nutshell, being a legal practitioner comes with a lot of responsibilities and great care should be taken to avoid any act that could lead to professional misconduct and malpractice.

Anyone aspiring to become an attorney should try and understand who an attorney is, what he does and the benefits of being a an attorney. The knowledge of the above will help him in understanding what he will encounter when he becomes one. Meanwhile it should be noted that it pays to be a legal practitioner.


Onuorah Chibuzor Michael by name, born 11th September,1990, From Anambra state, Nigeria

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