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ERIC Number: EJ789482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0790
The Relationship between Personality Characteristics and Academic Success in Law School
Fagan, Ron; Squitiera, Paula
Evaluation and Research in Education, v16 n2 p95-103 2002
This study focuses on the relationship between the personality characteristics of entering law students and academic success in law school. The subjects (137) were entering law school students at Pepperdine University School of Law. Students were administered the California Psychological Inventory (CPI) as a measure of their temperament and character. The subjects' Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) scores and first-year law school grade point average were also obtained. On the CPI, subjects scored highest on the Self-acceptance, Flexibility, and Dominance scales and they scored lowest on the Self-control, Sense of Well-being, and Good Impression scales. The study found a non-significant positive relationship between LSAT scores and first-year grade point average. The study found a significant relationship between Achievement via Independence, Capacity for Status, and Psychological-mindedness scales on the CPI and first-year grade point average. The implications of these results for law school admission policies are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Law School Admission Test; California Psychological Inventory