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Title

Purported Rigidity of an Attorney's Personality: Can Legal Ethics Be Acquired?

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to critique the idea that lawyers have certain inherent unchangeable characteristics. We argue that, based on psychological literature, personality is constructed; it is built by the social arrangements that create the legal system and the profession. From this vantage point, lawyers' behavior is not infinitely malleable, but is certainly capable of self-conscious improvement.

Publication Date

2006

Publication Title

Journal of the Legal Profession

Volume

30

Start Page No.

55

End Page No.

78

Publisher

University of Alabama School of Law

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