Originally published in Accounting Web

Law and accounting are two very different fields, and these different fields tend to attract people with particular strengths and skill sets. Though it has many areas of specialization, law tends to attract people who are verbally adroit and socially savvy. Accounting professionals tend to have above-average mathematical ability and strong analytical reasoning skills. Of course, these generalizations do not apply to every individual case, but they do well to characterize the dominant trend.

It is erroneous to assume, however, that because law and accounting draw very different personality types that this means professionals from these distinct fields are free to ignore each other.

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