The Legal Career Compass Basic Report is designed to help you better understand yourself and how well the law is a fit for your career.
Your personalized report contains the following sections:
Cognitive Super Power: Your dominant Go-to Behavior is your Superpower, one that is fast, easy to use, and you may not even know that you have it or use it.
Distinctive Qualities: These are your most identifying characteristics, or how you're different from the norm as compared to our database of attorneys.
Career and Work Satisfaction: Uses your personality type to help illustrate what sort of work environments and core values suit you best.
Legal Trait Analysis: Quickly shows you all 22 traits measured by the Sheffield Legal Assessment and how your scores compare to our global database of attorneys.
Legal Career Satisfaction Score: Provides an overview of which practice areas and work settings might be most enjoyable and satisfying for you.
Engagement Styles: Describes how you prefer to interact and engage with others you are working with in order to help you visualize how you can make the biggest and most significant contributions.
We also recommend listening to our podcast, I Am The Law, which is available at PreLawPlatform.com/podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Both this report and the podcast can be used with the tools available on the LST Reports. When deciding on whether and where to attend law school, consider how well various schools can help you achieve your career goals. For example, if you have zero interest in working for a large law firm and instead want to practice family law in a particular state, it may not make sense to spend more money on a traditionally elite school. Different law schools have different strengths, especially as it relates to which employers (work settings) graduates of a school tend to find jobs with.
There are three additional reports that expand upon this report in many helpful ways. You can upgrade your report at PreLawPlatform.com/my/compass. Demos of each report are available there too.
Practice Area Analysis: See how you fit in different practice areas based on scores from your assessment.
Work Setting Analysis: See how you fit into various work settings based on scores from your assessment.
Visual Type & Go-To Behaviors: This is a visual model of Carl Jung’s Psychological Types showing that each person uses all eight behaviors.
Four Styles of Working as a Lawyer: A look at your Thinking, Working, Motivational, and Business Development Styles -- all key things to know as a lawyer.
At Work Guidance: This section gives you tips about how to improve interactions with your colleagues, managers and subordinates at work.
Be sure to also check out your Legal Career Compass report, which will help you discover what practice areas and work settings match your personality and strengths.
Making the Most of Study Time: Quick tips and advice for studying more effectively.
Staying Engaged at School: Becoming more self-aware can help students stay more engaged at school.
Beth understands logic and analyzes or figures out the essential principles. That is what Super Analyzing is all about. Those with this superpower are constantly evaluating, defining, and identifying if something is correct or incorrect based on the sophisticated logical models and complex mental concepts she uses.
For Beth it is very frustrating that most other people do not logically analyze or figure out their decisions. She often can't turn off the need to analyze things. Those with Super Analyzing are often dismayed because almost the entire world seems illogical or 'stupid' to them.
Her sophisticated analysis can sometimes result in a fairly biting wit. And when overused this can result in a perfectionist approach and evaluation of both herself and those around them.
It is also this constant mental sharpening that results in amazing progress on any problem that can be analyzed and solved by principles. Beth often thinks all problems can and should be solved by logic and reasoning.
Beth frequently takes initiative to complete tasks without requiring instruction or supervision from others. People with strengths in this area will recognize a need, develop a plan for completing a task and work towards completion of the task all on their own. Individuals with above average levels of this trait also generally possess higher emotional intelligence, as they generally express their thoughts, feelings and beliefs in a direct, yet constructive way.
Beth frequently sets goals for planning purposes or for measuring personal or organizational success. Her goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about her future, and for turning this vision of the future into reality. Multiple studies have shown that explicit goal-setting has been found to be a shared trait among highly successful people.
Beth finds comfort in predictable, routine patterns. This is a positive characteristic for practice areas that are more stable and systematic in nature such as regulatory, tax, insurance, finance, and other related practices.
Beth exhibits a commanding presence, a sense of ease, poise, and self-assurance. She can 'turn it on' to command a room or conversation with an attracting energy and attitude. When used purposefully this can be a highly effective tool for professional interactions.
Beth tends to have a positive outlook towards life, events and a belief in the inherent good in people. She scores high in optimism, which is considered to be an important component of emotional intelligence and has been positively correlated to overall career satisfaction. Although optimism increases one's mood and motivation to persist despite obstacles and setbacks, it can also be a liability in some working situations as one must remember to consider what might go wrong (play devil's advocate) when planning and making decisions relating to the future. Focusing on the positive outcome without consideration of the total picture or potential downsides can potentially have negative consequences.
Aligning her work environment and the company’s culture with her personality type is also another important consideration in finding the right job. Her personality type prefers an environment where:
Beth's natural abilities and talents, when utilized, help her to perform better and enjoy her job more. Also, her success is generally more dependent on leveraging and capitalizing on her strong points rather than focusing on her weak point - it's her strong points and natural abilities that will bring Beth job satisfaction and success.
Beth has probably already experienced something like this: When the work she does in her job or in school aligns well with her natural abilities, things start to go easier, move more smoothly, and she feels better about what she is working on or studying. The results usually come out much better.
The opposite is also true, when the work she does or the subject she is studying is not well aligned with her natural abilities, things feel more difficult, stress levels increase and results are not so good. The key here is 'alignment'.
Because most professional jobs involve several different types of work, some of the work she does may be well aligned and some may not. If she can move herself into a career path where most of the work is aligned with her natural abilities, she will be more successful and more satisfied
For maximum job satisfaction and success, her job and her work environment should align with her core values. The list below represents common core values for her personality type.
This section provides insight as to which practice areas and work settings might be the best fit for Beth. Better fits are shown higher on each list, and are based upon trait patterns of thousands of attorneys and their reported satisfaction levels with their practice and work settings. The median score is 50 – satisfied with one’s work setting and practice area roughly half of the time. To be clear, this section is not saying that Beth couldn’t be successful in lower scoring practice areas or settings. Our research suggests, however, practice areas and settings with higher Satisfaction Scores will feel more natural. This section also refers to various types of law and practice areas. Curious about what attorneys in these practice areas do? Check out our resources page here for more information.
There are numerous good sources on the internet that describe these practice areas and what attorneys in each of these practices tend to do. One we find particularly good can be found here.