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Research: Law students are sociable but selfish

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New research examining the correlation between personality traits and undergraduate degree subject has revealed those studying law to be sociable but more likely to be selfish.

The study conducted by Dr Anna Vedel, from the University of Aarhus in Denmark, has suggested that aspiring lawyers showed low levels of “agreeableness”. With LLB-ers deemed less likely to be helpful, generous and considerate, the research doesn’t help shake the negative stereotype attached to those studying law.

But law students are not the only villains. Sampling 13,000 university students, the study revealed that budding economists and those completing business degrees were just as likely to be selfish.

Interestingly, students of law were also much more likely to be extroverted than those taking other subjects.

Joined once again by those studying economics, along with political science students and future doctors, lawyers-to-be were more outgoing and sociable than average. Clearly those students questioned weren’t coming off the back of an all-nighter in the law library — or perhaps they were just in their first year.

Finally, according to Vedel, law students showed mid-levels of neuroticism.

Defined through personality traits including anxiety, fear, moodiness and worry, aspiring lawyers were seen as fairly average in this respect. Those studying arts and humanities showed above average levels of these traits.

Suggesting that the research could act as guide for students unsure as to what subject to study, Vedel told the Mail Online:

I’m not arguing that these results should play a major role in either guidance or selection, but it might provide some inspiration for students that are in doubt about study choices and want to make a choice based on more than abilities, for example.

So based on the latest research, if you’re sociable and selfish, you’d might just make a great future lawyer. Nicer introverted types with a moody streak should perhaps stick to the arts.

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Anonymous

Did the test examine the students’ tendency to be psycho/sociopaths?

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Anonymous

I think my sample majoring psychology will do quite well as psychopaths. Refering to psychopaths one tends to think of men, but some of the girls in my class are the worst I have ever dealt with; controlling, shameless liars and full of shit.

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hollinscat34@hotmail.com

Law students are generally dicks I find. A ‘vibe’ they continue with in practice – particularly, but by no means exclusively, at the Bar…

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Anonymous

Well, someone didn’t get pupillage…

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hollinscat34@hotmail.com

Pfft. I don’t even work in the legal profession and never have. I just come on here occasionally to amuse myself by observing how far up yourselves some of you lot are…

Never disappoints..

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Anonymous

LC is dull enough for those who are actually in practice … you’ve a strange way of amusing yourself.

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hollinscat34@hotmail.com

Wow, I seem to have touched a nerve (perhaps I’ll touch even more now that I got a special mention in the daily round – “Look Mother, I’ve made it !!!”).
Fact of the matter is “social but selfish” basically equates to “dick” does it not ? – so I was just expressing concurrence with the thrust of the article…
Frankly, the way some of you (and I suspect its consistently the same people) spout off (oddly enough anonymously) with your smugly supercilious comments on pretty much any article that Katie (no, I do not know her personally – but she seems to be spot on most of the time to me), and others, write just goes some way towards confirming the fact.
Incidentally, I don’t find LegalCheek dull, far from it. That’s a personal opinion as was the original one – for the sake of, you know, clarification……

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