This article addresses whether or not law students' comparative educational backgrounds affect their ability to solve general deductive reasoning problems. This question leads to two broader issues: (1) whether any comparative differences in general reasoning competency affect a student's ability to reason within a legal framework; and (2) whether a student's reasoning competency remains static over three years of law school. This article addresses the first issue. At present, a separate study is being conducted to explore how general reasoning differences may influence a student's ability to reason within a legal framework. This article contends that law school academic support programs could use undergraduate degree information to assess differences in reasoning ability to a greater extent than they currently do.
Bryan Adamson and Mark Graham,
Law Students' Undergraduate Major: Implications For Law School Academic Support Programs (ASPs) Performance, 69 UMKC L. REV. 533