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The Age of the Introvert

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | January 27, 2016

No. 1,242

Summary:  The reason why most lawyers are introverts is that academic standards have been rising over the decades and the best students are generally introverts.

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The Cover Story for the January edition of the American Bar Association Journal is entitled: “Most lawyers are introverted and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.” Contrary to popular belief, says the the ABA Journal, most lawyers are introverts.  It cites to a book by former lawyer Susan Cain, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts In a World that Can’t Stop Talking.”

A generation ago there was probably a higher percentage of extroverts among lawyers.  Its all speculation, of course, but here’s my take on it.  Competition for seats in law school has become increasingly more intense. SAT scores go up and so do grades.  And who gets higher grades? The quiet ones.

CLT

 

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