I read an interesting article online on the Lawyers Weekly website which discusses how "the globalisation of Australian Law Firms has increased the demand for lawyers with foreign language skills but multilingual lawyers are in short supply." Felicity Nelson
I will quote below some excerpts from the article as it was very interesting in regard to the necessity for lawyers to be able to communicate in other languages.
“Any graduate who wants to get ahead and have a competitive advantage should be thinking about learning [a foreign language],” partner at Taylor Root David Buckley told Lawyers Weekly.
“A graduate who comes out of university who has a second language may be a better prospect for an employer.”
Mr Buckley said it was hard to find lawyers who have the requisite language skills for offices in Hong Kong or mainland China in particular. Finding candidates that can not only speak fluently but can read and write at a level necessary to conduct business is a challenge.
“Foreign language skills can certainly be helpful … especially if a firm's business and client base extend outside of the country in which they are located.“
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