Dec 26, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Forty percent of EU leaders are law graduates.

The heads of 27 EU countries hold law degrees. Who’s included? The UK’s Theresa May, Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus, Portugal’s leader, and Poland’s.

Slovakia’s Prime Minister, Robert Fico, studied criminal law, and the leader of Belgium practiced in Brussels before politics.

How do law skills help these leaders?

An article in The Guardian in 2015 helps to answer this question. Megan Carrick, a law student at the University of Kent said, “Studying law teaches you how to construct arguments, think critically and challenge policy – al valuable skills needed for a career in politics.

It makes you aware of the application and different interpretations of policy within society, which is key to understanding the influence and limitations of politics.”

It’s not just the EU, either. In the US, Barack and Michelle Obama met at law school. So did the Clintons.

In the Guardian article, a law student at the University of Birmingham law school said, “Law teaches you to look at an issue objectively, as opposed to with a strong ideological bias. That’s a really good skill, particularly in politics at the moment where anger and fear seem to drive a lot of the main parties’ policies.


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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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