What makes a successful lawyer? While perseverance and an unwavering commitment and passion for law form the foundations, there are also easy-to-adopt habits that can help the next generation of lawyers fulfil their aspirations to be tomorrow’s leaders.

We reached out to all 200 lawyers in China Business Law Journal’s A-list to find out their secrets to success. The poll threw up some interesting findings. It is no science, but there are certain attributes, routines and conscious choices that nearly every top lawyer follows, which help them stand out and get ahead.

We compiled a list of the 10 most popular answers that contribute to making an elite lawyer, presented here in reverse order.


Every lawyer knows, often learning it the hard way, that the devil is in the details. The importance of paying attention to even the smallest of matters cannot be overstated in lawyering.

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