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Lawyer Under Fire

Posted by: Laurence Simons 20/05/13

There's an entrenched viewpoint of people in legal careers as money-grabbing, soulless monsters, despite the fact that the vast majority of lawyers are normal people and often hard-working, principled advocates.

However, stories like the recent post on Psychology Today from a successful law professor do little to improve the reputation of the profession.

Former lawyer M.E. Thomas admitted to the fact that she feels very few emotions and uses her ruthlessness to get ahead in life, in a post extracted from her upcoming book on her life and psychological state.

"Remorse is alien to me. I have a penchant for deceit. I am generally free of entangling and irrational emotions. I am strategic and canny, intelligent and confident, but I also struggle to react appropriately to other people's confusing and emotion-driven social cues," she claimed.

Furthermore, she goes on to say that her "sociopathic traits" made her an excellent trial lawyer, because of her focus on winning the case and lack of compunctions about how to do so.

"Regardless of my laziness and general lack of interest, I was actually a great lawyer when I was trying," she added.

While she doesn't name the school at which she teaches, it's fair to say that Ms Thomas is not the kind of professor with whom you want to get involved in a debate over her grading methods.