For the last 3 legal research tips of 2014 I decided to give my opinion of the 3 most critical personal characteristics for being a successful legal researcher. I think the second most important personal characteristic is persistence.
Persistence means that you are devoted to an activity, persevering, tenacious, dedicated, determined, unwavering. You are intent on answering the question.
If you are not persistent in answering a legal research problem, there is potential to find an answer rather than the best answer for your client. It will be easy to take the path of least resistance to an answer. Let’s face it, there is a huge amount of information that can be used to finding an answer but what we always seek is the best answer for our client.
I think persistence is a critical personal characteristic for legal research.
Next week – characteristic #1