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Do Beautiful Lawyers Have More Beautiful Careers?

Being beautiful can have beautiful benefits, according to this story, The Beauty Premium.  Obviously, you'd expect beauty to pay off in industries like entertainment or even news media.  But as this story notes, beauty makes a difference even in professions like law.  From the article:

Dr Hamermesh, together with Jeff Biddle, found the difference also applied to professions. They examined the wages of lawyers, using data from the same law school for graduating classes of 1971-78 and 1981-88 and found that those rated attractive on the basis of their graduation photographs went on to earn higher salaries than their less well-favoured colleagues, reports The Economist.

But does beauty carry the same benefits in the legal profession with the advent of blogs?  As we've heard over and over again, most recently from The New York Times, blogging is a low cost, high return marketing tool.  After all, a blog's success is generally judged not by the beauty of its author, but by its content and its character.  If blogs can catapult lawyers to success, does beauty matter as much?

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on December 28, 2007 at 01:58 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)


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