Want to Be President of the United States? Know the Law.

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Last year, a lawyer and businessman faced off for the presidency of the United States — a position that has been dominated by lawyers. In October 2016, the candidates debated here at Washington University in St. Louis, one of the few times the candidates appeared together on stage. 

Businessperson candidates have a slight historical edge against lawyers in head-to-head presidential contests, but the vast majority of top politicians have a background in law. Law professionals also continue to capture congressional seats and top Cabinet positions. Does this abundance of lawyers in government mean law professionals are a better fit to serve as president or are business professionals better suited?

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Citation: Washington University School of Law's Online Master of Legal Studies Program