As all lawyers know, law is a complex and intricate field with many nuances and a raw volume of material that can often be overwhelming. When a lawyer takes on a new case, no matter how many old ones they have done on the subject matter, there is always more to be learned, which is why research and studying for a case is so essential to success for any lawyer, whether commercial, trial, or business. The best kind of lawyer is one who studies smartly, not just pouring over every book they can get their hands on hoping to find something relevant to their case. There is a certain hierarchy that exists to help you weed out information that does not pertain to your particular case. If you are having trouble with a particular case because the laws are unclear, the first and best place to look is for cases of precedent. These old cases often are what judges will adhere to in making a judgment, with only a few rare exceptions.
If you have looked at preceding cases and still are unsure as to which direction you should take the case, or which defense or offense is viable, next you should turn to other lawyers in your profession. Networking is a powerful tool, something that the internet has taught us well. You see reading a book is adequate sometimes, but pales in comparison to getting help from a person, as they can access quickly the information most pertinent to your case. This simply means that you shouldn’t be afraid to reach out to a lawyer with more experience on the subject.
Jody Gabel is a professional business and trial lawyer who knows the value of studying for a new case, and often reaches out to peers for advice.