Five Harvey Specter Quotes
If you have watched the top legal TV series Suits then you will know who Harvey Specter is. He is the cool corporate lawyer gifted with a way with words that many politicians would love to have.
Legal English UK is all about communicating effectively and as confidently as Harvey Specter so we put together five quotes to inspire you to improve your own language skills.
"Don't raise your voice. Improve your argument."
We have talked about the importance of intonation previously on these pages but of course the most important tool you have is your material. Prepare and rehearse your arguments and make sure you have great source material to support you.
"When you're backed against a wall, break it down."
This means that you should find a way to destroy obstacles in your path. Struggling to understand dependent prepositions? Learn them. Confused about the past perfect tense? Get a teacher.
"The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary."
Every Legal English learner should take this advice to heart. If you want to achieve massive success in your communication skills you are going to have to work hard on your speaking, writing, listening and reading skills.
"How others see you is not important; how you see yourself is everything."
Too many students worry about making errors and being shown up for their lack of language skills. You need to reframe your mindset so that you do not worry so much about making mistakes.
"If you're the smartest person in the room then you are in the wrong room."
Okay, he probably didn't say this one (or if he did it has been said many times before) but it still is worth noting. Spend as much time as possible with people who know the law more than you and who communicate with more confidence than you. Learn from them and don't be afraid to speak with them.