Proof lawyers are smarty-pants

Proof lawyers are smarty-pants

30 August 2012 By Brigid O Gorman

Folklaw has met a few lawyers who fancied themselves as smarter than average and (unfortunately) a new study has shown they may in fact have been right...

Folklaw has met a few lawyers who fancied themselves as smarter than average and (unfortunately) a new study has shown they may in fact have been right...

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Researchers in the University of California in the US found that those who were studying for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) displayed an increased connection between the right and left side of the brain, which may even help add IQ points.

The researchers, whose study was published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, reviewed brain scans of students before and after they had spent 90 days intensely preparing for the test and compared them with scans of brains of students who weren’t taking the test. They found that the trained students developed “increased connectivity between the frontal lobes of the brain, and between frontal and parietal lobes.”

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In other words, the LSAT takers showed stronger connections between the part of the brain tasked with deductive reasoning and the part that handles spatial cognition – our ability to do everyday tasks.

Folklaw is wondering if this means that, as well as being smarty-pants, lawyers are also better than average at cooking and cleaning? If you or one of your colleagues is also a mean sushi chef or particularly good at hoovering then please do let Folklaw know...

This is good news for those taking the LSAT, a half-day multiple-choice test that contains two logical reasoning sections, one reading comprehension section, an analytical reasoning section and an essay. These students face a tough legal job market in the US.

With the LSAT also helping increase their ability to do everyday tasks, they could always get a job as a housekeeper while waiting for the market to pick up...
 

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