Juan Barthe, ONTIER lawyer at the Oviedo office, gave an interview to La Nueva España daily newspaper last week. A few days ago Juan took part in a conference organised by the Law Hospital of the Law School of Oviedo. This law hospital was also promoted by ONTIER And there are only a few more throughout the country.
During his interview, Juan talked about the training that lawyers need today. We summarize the highlights of the interview in the following lines:
1. Law students need a practical training as well as they need theoretical knowledge. Medical degrees always include an internship to work in hospitals, so why wouldn't Law degrees do the same?
2. The Law Hospital meets two goals: training students and helping people. ''Students at the Law Hospital work for non-profit organisations. On the one hand, these organisations can give back to society, since it's mainly society that allows non-profit organisations to grow. On the other hand, the Law Hospital allows young lawyers to acquire some background and even to find their true passion, what they like doing the most''.
3. Specialisation is the future. ''That's what the law sector is asking. It's like in Medical degrees: the student gets the main idea, but obviously a cardiologist wouldn't make the most accurate psychiatric assessment. The law field is so wide and there's a need to specialise in order to start working''.
4. A lawyer never stops learning. ''You never get to be a good lawyer. You'll always have to keep learning and every case means a new challenge to face, cause every case you work in is different from the previous one''.