The first thing I saw when I opened today’s Wall Street Journal was an article entitled “Study Shows Why Lawyers Are So Smart.” Of course I was flattered, but it turns out that there really is a scientific basis for this base flattery (ha ha). The article explains:
“Going to law school can be a life-changing experience. A new research paper says just studying for the law school entrance exam alters your brain structure – and could make you smarter.
Intensive study for the Law School Admission Test reinforces circuits in the brain and can bridge the gap between the right and left hemispheres, according to neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, in findings reported last week in the online journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy.
These changes can improve reasoning ability and may increase a person’s IQ score, the researchers said.”
The article goes on to explain the researchers’ findings that brain pathways are malleable, and that the type of study involved in prepping for the LSAT and in the close reading and learning to understand the law that occurs in law school actually changes the brain to make it better at legal reasoning.
It’s nice to have scientific evidence that law school teaches students not just legal doctrine, but actually how to reason through legal issues and solve client problems.
The article can be found at this link: