Engineer success in law school

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Engineer success in law school

Postby pinkzeppelin » Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:37 am

I apologize if this question has been asked before, but using the search function yielded mostly unhelpful results relating to admittance to law school. My question is more about how engineers fare once they enter law school. Do we tend to underperform or overperform? Data's probably scarce, but any personal anecdotes?

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Re: Engineer success in law school

Postby merichard87 » Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:45 am

The opinions that I've been given and the studies I've seen online make the conclusion that engineers are some of the "best" law students. Not sure what kind of lawyers we actually make though.

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Re: Engineer success in law school

Postby whymeohgodno » Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:11 pm

Probably a lot better than average since you guys have IP to fall back on.

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Re: Engineer success in law school

Postby spondee » Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:21 pm

Engineers often learned better study habits as undergrads and have a learning style preference oriented toward practice, which is how to learn skills, which is what law exams mostly test.

But other disciplines provide advantages, too. For example, philosophy students may be better at the sort of line-drawing and categorizing that makes up a lot of standard-based (as opposed to bright-line rule based) analysis.

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