This year, a lawyer and businessman are facing off for a position that has been dominated by lawyers — the presidency of the United States. On Oct. 9, the candidates will debate at Washington University in St. Louis. It will be one of the only times the candidates appear together on stage.
While businessperson candidates have a slight historical edge against lawyers in head-to-head presidential contests, the vast majority of people in top political positions have a background in law. Law professionals also continue to capture congressional seats and top Cabinet positions. But does this abundance of lawyers in government mean law professionals are a better fit to serve as president?