News: Student Engagement in Law School

Female Law Students More Likely than Males to Cite Fear Factor as Motivator

Posted Jan 5, 2011 10:19 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss

A new survey finds that the average law student studies 27 hours a week and views his or her profs as only moderately helpful and sympathetic.

But averages don’t tell the whole story. There are male and female differences in the statistics that project manager Lindsay Watkins finds “interesting and kind of disturbing,” the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Nearly 25,000 students at 77 law schools in the United States and Canada participated in the 2010 Law School Survey of Student Engagement. The study (PDF) found that female law students were more likely than males to say they work hard because they feared failure or embarrassment. The females were less likely than males to ask questions in class or to discuss assignments with professors.

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