Usually, when we think of a lawyer we automatically think of someone who is confident, extroverted, opinionated and possibly a bit arrogant. For the most part, quiet and docile characteristics would rarely come to mind.
The argument could even be made that most people would try to avoid hiring lawyers who posses a reserved personality. Some might even ponder the question why on earth would such a person even bother to undertake the task of pursuing a career path that requires traits that could be perceived as the complete opposite of their shy nature.
As a self-described introvert myself, I decided to examine whether or not reserved people could actually thrive as lawyers. The following points are in no way intended to discredit lawyers that are extroverted in nature.
Introverts tend to be perfect listeners. They are naturally quiet and as such prefer to be the listener while engaging in conversations as opposed to being the main contributor.
Clients should actually feel comfortable with retaining a lawyer who is an introvert because it would more than likely mean that he or she would be really good at paying attention to the smallest of details that are said in consultation. Lawyers with impeccable listening skills will always have an advantage in court as well.
Great at Analyzing and Assimilating Information
Introverts like quiet time. They enjoy spending lots of time on their own, thinking and trying to decipher the simplest of things.
This characteristic could potentially mean that introverted lawyers will spend a lot of time being thorough, and that they won't have a problem with working well into the night to try to piece together all the missing links that would strengthen a court case.
It could also mean that when they draft or peruse a document on a client's behalf, they will have an easier time at spotting detrimental clauses that would be overlooked by an attorney that paid less attention to detail. Put simply, hiring an introverted lawyer could give clients more value for their money.
Tend to be More Trustworthy
Trustworthy is defined as being able to be relied on to do or provide what is needed or right. When you retain the services of a lawyer you expect, part of the service that you are paying for is their trustworthiness.
You expect, if they tell you that your affidavit will be ready for collection at 3pm on Wednesday, so you could take it and have in sworn at the court registry, that when you indeed show up at his/her office at 3:35pm on Wednesday the affidavit will be ready and not that you will be told to come back on the following day around the same time.
You would also expect that, they would take their responsibility as officers of the court seriously and thus, file the correct documents at the courts registry within the correct time frame. Fortunately for you, lawyers with introverted personalities tend to be trustworthy and reliable. They do what they say they will do, when they say they will do it.
Introverts are Honest
Lawyers tend to have a reputation of being greatly dishonest. Whether an accurate or an inaccurate observation, I cannot definitively say. However, what I can say is that introverts tend to be honest.
They hate the unnecessary drama and conversation that is associated with lying, and thus they gravitate more to honesty. At times this can even come across as being blunt at times. Having an introverted lawyer can near enough guarantee you honesty, ease of mind that your situation will be dealt with to the best of his or her ability and in accordance with the law.
Because introverts have a passion for spending large amounts of time alone, they find things to do in their spare time. One of the things they like to do (apart from thinking) is reading. Introverts love gaining new knowledge and learning new things.
In the legal profession, reading is a must, if you want to be at the top of the game. Lawyers who do not read are going nowhere, irrespective to how senior they are in the profession. Knowledge from ten or twenty years ago, though beneficial to a certain extent, will not take a person anywhere if they aren't adding to that knowledge.
This is especially true when it come to the ever evolving world of law. Introverted lawyers are in a better position to do so because of their love of reading.
Lawyers who frequently read in their leisure time will always be in a better position to write applications and argue in court. This is because they will naturally be able to quote the latest statutes and case laws.
Speaks When They Have Something Important to Say
Due to their quiet nature, many introverts are not conversation starters. Unfortunately, this could be perceived as something negative. Some people misinterpret this as a sign that a person is aloof and even stuck up.
Introverts speak, but typically only do so when we have something relevant and meaningful to say. This trait can reassure clients that their attorney would not be the person to babble nonsense or potentially their confidential information.
Introverts in general often find themselves rehearsing in their brain, several times, what they intend to say before it is actually spoken. Consequently, introverted lawyers tend to command a certain level of respect and anticipation from their audience when they speak because they are rarely heard from. They also usually avoid the fanciful flare and are simple but still well-articulated. And what more can you ask for whether in a private meeting with him or her or in court than a frank and eloquent advocate? (Plus you’ll score brownie points with the judge).