Purported Rigidity of an Attorney's Personality: Can Legal Ethics Be Acquired?
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.
Browne, M. Neil; Williamson, Carrie L.; and Barkacs, Linda L., "Purported Rigidity of an Attorney's Personality: Can Legal Ethics Be Acquired?" (2006). Economics Faculty Publications. 12.
Journal of the Legal Profession
University of Alabama School of Law