Over the years, people have told me that lawyers are very smart. However, after being in business for quite some time, I would say that while there are some very smart lawyers, I would say 10-20% are, but not necessarily the rest. You see, there are a lot of lawyers and solicitors who are faking it so they can charge you more money. Not to mention the fact that it is often the paralegals and other people in the office who do most of the work. Of course, instead of getting on my horse or getting into some lawyer jokes, I’d like to talk to you about some research on this topic.
There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on August 28, 2012 titled; “Study Shows Why Lawyers Are So Smart” by Sam Favate, which was featured in the Law Blog section, and I have no doubt that a group of lawyers was behind this study. The article noted that even those who simply study for the LSAT for 3 months or 100 hours do better on specific parts of the IQ test. An MIT neuroscience professor believes the study isn’t all that surprising since every time the brain learns something new or strange, it creates new pathways, which is what the researchers had reasoned because it seemed to increase communication between brains.
Well, no problem, and although lawyers are of little use to me and I don’t consider them more intelligent, I also realize that because they live and work in a false and invented world, different from reality, they are working or learning from a totally new environment. Almost like if you were thrown into a third world nation, to a people with different customs and a different language, you would have to learn your way of getting along, and you would develop different paths as well.
Now, I would tell you that computer programmers also become intelligent and create new pathways of communication between brains as they plunge into a whole new world. Same with math or music, it seems to be a totally different realm. It has been shown that those who travel a lot, or even taxi drivers in New York, as they learn the ins and outs of getting around the city, also increase their intelligence levels and create new brain pathways.
So in conclusion I would say that anyone who has to use their brain for something that is quite foreign to them and a whole new way of thinking will increase their intelligence level to some extent. If we say that makes them smarter, then so be it. In that case, lawyers are smarter up to a point. In fact, I hope you will please consider all this and think about it. If you’re a lawyer, I’m willing to debate this with you on an intellectual level, but in this realm, I’m in charge, and you can’t bend the law of nature in your favor. It is what it is.