Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Grit And Legal Education:  Female Students Are Grittier Than Male Students

True GritEmily Zimmerman (Drexel) & Leah Brogan (Drexel), Grit and Legal Education, 36 Pace L. Rev. 114 (2015):

Although research indicates that grit predicts successful performance in a variety of contexts, grit is underexplored in the context of legal education. We investigated the relationship between grit and law school grade point average (GPA) among recent law school graduates. Contrary to expectations, a statistically significant correlation did not emerge between grit and law school GPA. However, average grit scores of women and men did significantly differ, with women reporting higher overall grit scores than men. Female and male participants’ law school GPAs did not significantly differ. This article discusses our research project and the questions regarding legal education that our findings raise. We also identify areas for further research regarding grit, legal education, and law practice.


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Let me get this straight. You want to infer characteristics about an entire GENDER based on a study of a total of 49 people? I'm no supergenius on research methods, but this seems like an exceptionally small sample size....

Posted by: Brian | May 3, 2016 3:30:17 PM

We need a similar study focusing on moxie.

Posted by: Don Burton | May 3, 2016 2:33:30 PM

Some might suggest that this is yet-another illustration of the wussification of men by our society. From kindergarten on, boys who act like boys do (loud, active and aggressive at play) are criticized by teachers who're almost exclusively female. Some give up, hence this data.

That explains Obama's election. He's a wussy. It also explains those going for Trump, whose main appeal seems to be his "I'm not a wussy" message. He's the Un-Obama candidate.

Wussy defined: A person regarded as weak, ineffectual, or overly fearful. You might say that being a wussy is the opposite of having grit.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | May 3, 2016 8:51:04 AM

This is news?

Posted by: mike livingston | May 3, 2016 7:03:14 AM