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The question of whether a good lawyer can be a good person is not one which has a defined and clear answer.

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Student Number: 20922567A Good Lawyer Cannot be a Good PersonThe question of whether a good lawyer can be a good person is not one which has a defined andclear answer. There are many factors to consider when pondering this question, and all of them havean influence on the result. In fact, in the end, the answer may merely be down to personal beliefs.The fact of the matter is that the definitions of both good lawyer and good person are bothcritical to discovering the answer to this question.The definition of a good lawyer is most often thought of in terms of success. A good lawyer is asuccessful one. So for the purposes of this essay that is how I am going to use the term goodlawyer.The definition of good person is not so clear but in general, a good person is most often thought ofas a compassionate person. In this case, I believe good person can be defined as a person who actsin a way that is mostly selfless, or that takes the needs of others into consideration alongside theirown needs. This is how the term good person is going to be used in this essay.Based on the definition of both good lawyer and good person set out above, the statement agood lawyer cannot be a good person is not a necessary truth. By definition, being a good lawyerand a good person are not mutually exclusive, and so it is possible to be both. That said, justbecause it is possible does not make it so, and therefore we must delve deeper into

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