How To Become President In Two Not-So-Easy Steps

TIME

Fortunately, White House hopefuls can significantly increase their odds by following two steps.

Step 1: Go to Law School

Note, this graph accounts for the most formative profession of each president

Every teenager who fantasizes about residing in the White House would do well to order an LSAT book and stir up some healthy debate in class. More than half of all U.S. presidents have a background in law, including Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The second most common presidential career choice is the military, where chief executives like Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and of course, George Washington, got their start before assuming the Oval Office. Business came in third, with 6 total presidents, including George H.W. Bush, who formed the Bush-Overbey Oil Co. in 1951.

Step 2: Secure the Vice Presidency

Although presidents have launched their careers in a wide range of fields, every…

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