Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The study, carried out by the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) at Bristol University, suggested that lawyers have moved closer to average intelligence over the past 12 years. The study [had a specific] purpose. Researchers wanted to look into the barriers apparently preventing many people from poorer backgrounds from making it into certain careers.
Unexpectedly, the report found that "although the comparative wealth of lawyers’ parents had increased between the two study groups – born in 1958 and 1970 – their scores in IQ tests had moved closer to the average."
Researchers tracked some 18,000 people from birth to age 34, recording vital data along the way. The 1970 group is the latest study (apart from one carried out in 2000, which is of little use when analysing today’s lawyers). The results of the 1970 survey were only released a couple of years ago and it was not until this year that the data was broken down by ability and income for each profession. The participants of the 1970 survey are now well established in law firms and chambers, making this the best data available, given that large-scale economic studies are thin on the ground.
Hat tip to Law.com