Recently I thought it would be interesting to list the educational backgrounds of presidential candidates by party affiliation. Below I have listed the top seven Republican and top seven Democratic candidates.
The graduate focus is listed before the undergraduate focus.
Graduate focus/Undergraduate focus - Name
Military Academy - John McCain
Religion - Mike Huckabee
Law / Business (MBA) - Mitt Romney
Medical Doctor / Biology - Ron Paul
Law / Political Science - Rudy Giuliani
Law / Philosophy & Political Science - Fred Thompson
Law / Military (enlisted) - Duncan Hunter
Law/Political Science - Barack Obama
Law/Political Science - Hillary Clinton
Law/Textile Technology - Johns Edwards
Law - Joe Biden
Law/English Literature - Chris Dodd
Economics - Mike Gravel
Communication - Dennis Kucinich
-4 Law School
-1 Medical School
-1 Masters in Business Administration
-5 Law School
The trend from all this data is pretty clear - Republicans tend to have a technical background, while Democrats are more often than not focused on humanities.
It also seems that Republicans have a lot of leeway in terms of college requirements, and are willing to accept non-lawyers, while all of the accepted Democrats got a humanity undergrad and became lawyers.