Here's an article neuroscientist Jeffrey Schwartz and I wrote about the brain and law school. Excerpt:
Warning: reading this article will change your brain. But so will your next phone call, your next drive home, your next worry or wish.
Not so long ago, scientists believed that by the time people were young adults, their brains were fixed, static, hard-wired. Now we know that quite the opposite is true. Every experience shifts, shapes and sculpts the brain. The synapses (connections) between the neurons (brain cells) realign as we go about our daily life.
If we decide to take control of our thinking, we have choices about that realignment. If we are passive or indifferent to our thoughts, life steps into the void and molds our brain outside our awareness.
Taking control is similar to riding a horse. We can take the reins if we wish and the method is simple. Simple but not easy. Our brain can be wild and unruly. For those who choose to take the reins, any ride can be focused and clear-headed, any race can be well-run -- including law school and the practice of law.
The Hurdles We Undergo As Lawyers-In-Training Influence The Lawyer We Will Become
Becoming a lawyer involves passing through several milestones; each reshapes the brain. First comes
the bachelor's degree that will provide context and depth to those years in law school. Law school is not a trade school and it requires a complex brain. Education literally creates a brain with more connections; the more education, the more circuitry in the brain. The bachelor's degree can result in a brain fertile for the seeds of law.
The LSAT measures the kinds of connections your brain can make. Does a person now have the skills and aptitudes necessary to earn a score high enough to gain admission to law school? While you are taking the LSAT, your synapses, those brain chains, are being measured and tested. Preparing for and taking the test reinforces some tracks.
After law school comes the Bar Exam. ...
Click to read the rest of "Law Students: Create A Well-rounded Life" (The Complete Lawyer) [pdf].