/ January 7, 2008

Good Looks and Legal Success

The Economist recently asked: do good looks and professional success go hand in hand? As any student council president can tell you, the answer is yes.

Daniel Hammermash, a professor of economics at the University of Texas, compared this relationship over a variety of professions, including the law. Looking at the future careers of law students:

“He found that those rated attractive on the basis of their graduation photographs went on to earn higher salaries than their less well-favoured colleagues. Moreover, lawyers in private practice tended to be better looking than those working in government departments.”

To read more about the laws governing beauty and success, click for the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog.

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