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Attorney Assessment Results

James Barrister

Should I Be A Lawyer?

Report Overview

Report Overview - How do I use this report?

This report is designed to give you a detailed overview of of the specific traits and tendencies that make you who you are. This report contains detailed information about your personal strengths, comparisons to national norms, tips for working with others, and tips to help you be your best everyday at work and everywhere else. With all of that said, here is a brief overview of the what you will see in this report:

Your personalized report contains the following sections, all of which can be viewed by clicking on the "Show All" above.

  1. Legal Career Fit - This section shows a quick synopsis of how you compare to the trait patterns of attorneys that report high career satisfaction. Using this section can help you decide whether law school and a career as a lawyer might be a good fit for you. Our listing of practice areas and settings and how each one fits with your individual mental makeup will help you determine what career choices may fit best with your individual personality.
  2. Distinctive Qualities – This section comes from the Sheffield Legal Assessment and quickly tags you most identifying characteristics (where you differ the most from the collective norm) as compared to our attorney database.
  3. Four Styles as a Working Lawyer - Understanding your own working style is often the first step to better relationships with your coworkers and understanding your roles in a team environment. This section details your approach to thinking, working, motivation and business development.
  4. Legal Trait Analysis – Quickly shows you all 22 traits measured in the Sheffield Legal Assessment and how your scores compare to the averages for the thousands of (and growing) attorneys in our database.
  5. Visual Type & Go-To Behavior – This is a visual model of Carl Jung’s Psychological Types showing that each person uses all eight behaviors. Two are your dominant and supporting Go-To Behaviors. Visual Type provides a visual guide to the predictive use and accessibility of each behavior and an instantly recognizable way to see differences between people.
  6. Cognitive Superpower - 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.

Legal Career Fit

What it is:
This section shows how the assessed individual compares to the trait patterns of thousands of attorneys in our database who report high career satisfaction. Our listing of practice areas and settings and how each one fits with an individual’s mental makeup will help determine what career choices may fit best with an individual’s personality. Rankings in each section are from 10 (a tight fit) to 0 (a poor fit). This section is not predicting likelihood of success as much as it is telling the individual his or her ‘fit’ for an enjoyable career. Be sure to read the “What does a Fit Rank mean?” section for details.
Why it is important:
Placing attorneys in practice areas and settings that best match their personality and mindset (based upon our study of thousands of attorneys and those that report high satisfaction with their practice areas and settings) will lead to happier workforces, lower attorney turnover and save firms money on hiring and development and save individuals years in a practice areas or settings that don’t fit their individual mindset.

Overall Fit or Suitability

This section provides insight as to which practice areas and work settings might be the best fit for James. Better fits are shown higher on each list, and are based upon trait patterns of thousands of attorneys that described themselves as having high satisfaction levels with their practice and work settings in The Right Profile’s online Attorney Trait Study. To be clear, this section is not saying that James couldn’t be successful in lower ranked practice areas or settings. Our research suggests, however, that higher ranked practice areas and settings will feel more natural for her or him. This section also refers to various types of law and practice areas. 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.


Fit Legend

Fit 100 Fit 90 Fit 80 Fit 70 Fit 60 Fit 50 Fit 40 Fit 30 Fit 20 Fit 10 Fit 0

Good Fit

Loose Fit

Fit by Practice Areas

Practice AreaClosest Matched Traits for Practice AreaRank
Private Equity & Venture CapitalDecision Making, Presence, Comfort with Risk74
InsuranceOutlook, Sociability, Decision Making71
Banking & FinanceDecision Making, Outlook, Comfort with Risk71
CorporateDecision Making, Ego Drive, Teamwork68
Personal InjuryDecision Making, Comfort with Risk, Ego Drive68
Mergers & AcquisitionsEgo Drive, Decision Making, Comfort with Risk68
Securities & Capital marketsEgo Drive, Outlook, Sociability67
Real EstateDecision Making, Ego Drive, Comfort with Risk67
Criminal LawDecision Making, Ego Drive, Outlook66
LitigationOutlook, Sociability, Decision Making65
Bankruptcy & RestructuringSociability, Teamwork, Decision Making65
Intellectual PropertyOutlook, Sociability, Decision Making64
TaxEgo Drive, Sociability, Outlook64
AntitrustOutlook, Comfort with Risk, Persistence64
Labor, Employment & Employee BenefitsEgo Drive, Sociability, Decision Making63
EnvironmentalAutonomy, Outlook, Comfort with Risk62
White Collar CrimeEmpathy, Decision Making, Outlook62
International & Cross BorderComfort with Risk, Outlook, Decision Making61
Entertainment & ArtsCreativity, Comfort with Risk, Ego Drive61
HealthcareDecision Making, Ego Drive59
Advertising & MediaComfort with Risk, Decision Making58
Military Law / JAGPersistence, Ego Drive57
Trusts & EstatesAssuredness, Decision Making54
Family LawOutlook, Sociability54
ImmigrationSociability, Presence52
Wealth ManagementPersistence, Creativity49

Fit by Legal Work Settings

Legal Work SettingClosest Matched Traits for Work SettingRank
Corporation / In-house CounselEgo Drive, Decision Making, Creativity89
Government / MilitaryOutlook, Ego Drive, Sociability86
Law FirmDecision Making, Outlook, Ego Drive80
EducationCreativity, Sociability, Outlook77
Non-traditional legalOutlook, Comfort with Risk, Creativity75
Not for ProfitPresence, Outlook, Sociability72

Fit by Organization Size

Organization SizeClosest Matched Traits for Organization SizeRank
Very Large (eg. 350)Persistence, Ego Drive, Comfort with Risk91
Small (eg. 40)Ego Drive, Sociability, Creativity88
Medium (eg. 100)Decision Making, Ego Drive, Teamwork86
Largest 100 Firms (eg. 500+)Decision Making, Outlook, Creativity85
Large (eg. 200)Outlook, Comfort with Risk, Empathy78
Very Small (eg. 10)Ego Drive, Decision Making, Sociability76

What Does Fit Rank Mean?

Fit Rank scores how you compare to “happy attorneys” - those that report high career satisfaction levels in the following practice areas and work settings. “Fit” does not necessarily mean success for making partner, earnings, billing or client book of business. As we measure it here, it is about whether you will be happy in your role or how much stress and energy it will cost you to succeed. Each practice area shows a fit score from 0 to 100 and the relevant trait similarities that you exhibit with career satisfied attorneys in each area and setting. High fit scores will have similarities in multiple traits and lower fit scores will have fewer matches. Your Closest Match Traits may also be different than those of your friends, even where they may have similar scores for the same practice areas or settings, since it is based upon which of your trait intensities match closest with the overall trait patterns of the group profile for happy attorneys in that practice area or setting.

Fit 80-100: A score in this range is a tight fit, and you should naturally feel confident in these practice areas and settings. Although a high score does not necessarily guarantee a long and successful career, take heart in the fact that you share a similar mental makeup with those attorneys that have been most satisfied with the practice areas and settings where you match this score.

Fit 60-70: A score in this range is a good fit, and you should feel comfortable and energized in these practice areas and settings. Work may still feel like “work”, but according to our data, many attorneys have spent decades in practice with lower fit scores than this range.

Fit 40-50: A score in this range is a moderate fit. Although you do not match as tightly to these areas as those in the 60-100 range, this area may still be a decent fit for you, particularly if you have a prior experience or training in these practice areas.

Fit 20-30: A score in this range is a loose fit. Although you may be able to practice in these areas or settings for many years, it will probably never feel like a great fit or one that is particularly energizing. Like playing basketball in flip-flops, it may be tough to feel like you are truly reaching your full potential, even if you get a few baskets every once in awhile.

Fit 0-10: A score in this range is a challenging fit. Although you may be proficient at all mental aspects of the work and you may even stay in this role for a few years, these practice areas and settings will eventually sap your energy and exhaust your desire to return for another day of the same work or in the same setting.

Distinctive Qualities

These represent the most distinctive qualities that make James different from other attorneys.

Collaborative Problem Solver

James works well in a group setting - particularly when solving problems. Lawyers with this strength tend to be good negotiators. When tasked to solve a problem, James tends to seek advice from others or attempt to form a consensus before settling on a solution to a problem.

Goal Driven

James frequently sets goals for planning purposes or for measuring personal or organizational success. His goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about his 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.


James is highly resilient and exhibits a strong ability to handle rejection and accept criticism. This is an excellent trait for a law firm associate or junior partner as it allows one to endure the often rigorous demands of the job. It also helps a rainmaker cope with rejection and rebound from a 'no' to other potential work or pitches for another client.

Four Styles of Working as a Lawyer

Thinking Style

Descriptive Phrases

  • Neutral predisposition
  • Skeptical but not jaded
  • Occasionally seeks new experiences
  • Moderate creativity
  • Calculated risk-taker
  • Comfortable in the abstract & concrete
  • Combines logic with instinct

Style Description

James looks at situations with an open mind, considering both the positive and negative aspects of an issue or transaction before deciding upon a course of action. His tendency to have no predisposition for being optimistic or pessimistic leads to a well-balanced approach to client situations. He tends to be somewhat skeptical, particularly when considering the motives of opposing parties/counsel. This is an important trait for making informed judgments in client situations.

James is comfortable in his usual routine and refining or deepening current pursuits, but will occasionally pursue new areas of thought or interests. When approaching problems or situations, his first instinct is to follow a concrete, practical path whenever available. However, he is also capable of finding creative solutions when conventional tactics may fail. James is comfortable taking calculated chances or trying new approaches when the cost / benefit analysis is favorable.

James is comfortable working through complex, multidimensional issues as well as simple, more concrete problems. He appreciates the importance of using logic in most situations but is comfortable utilizing subjective reasoning and impassioned arguments when needed.

Working Style

Descriptive Phrases

  • Collegial
  • Collaborative problem-solver
  • Can perform with or without direction
  • Prefer closure on tasks before changing gears
  • Respectful debater
  • More sympathetic than empathetic

Style Description

James performs well as a teammate but can also step away from the group and continue to perform well on his own. James works well with a group or in a group setting - particularly for solving problems. He will tend to seek advice from others or form a consensus before settling on a solution to a problem.

James is able to get the job done with minimal input but will not resist direction or guidance. James is capable of multitasking but his preferred work style is one or two important initiatives at a time. James can demonstrate urgency but prefers to work at a steady pace.

James enjoys the challenge of convincing others but will allow them to maintain their point of view. He does not necessarily need to believe in the arguments he makes, but it helps. James is capable of intellectually appreciating another person's experience but is less adept at genuinely connecting with another's experience emotionally. He may not recognize more subtle aspects of communication.

Motivational Style

Descriptive Phrases

  • Goal-setter
  • Confident
  • Strong facade
  • Proactive
  • Diligent

Style Description

James frequently sets goals for planning purposes or for measuring personal or organizational success. For him, goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about the future, and for motivating himself to turn this vision of the future into reality. Multiple studies have shown that goal-setting has been found to be common among highly successful people. He is confident in his abilities but occasionally will seek validation from others. James is capable of handling criticism or rejection but may question his convictions and experience some feelings of insecurity.

James frequently takes initiative on tasks without requiring instruction or supervision of others. A lawyer with strengths in this area will frequently recognize the need to complete a task, develop a plan for completing the task and begin executing towards completion of the task all on one's own. He tends to persevere through difficult circumstances in life and career. This is an important trait in the practice of law and especially for working in the large law firm environment.

Business Development Style

Descriptive Phrases

  • Unassuming
  • Client sympathetic when focused
  • Sociable when needed
  • Can listen well when focused

Style Description

James's preference is to 'blend in' with the group. However he can 'turn it on' when required to command a room or conversation with energy and attitude. James is capable of recognizing and understanding another's experience but does not always leave them with a genuine sense of having been understood. He can adjust his behavior based on the interpersonal situation but this requires a conscious effort.

James is comfortable in social situations and he appreciates the benefit of networking, but both require effort. Although James listens to others and may pick up the facts in a conversation, he may miss the subtleties and may be inclined to fill in any gaps with his own assumptions.

Legal Trait Analysis

Legal Traits Compared Against Attorneys Nationally

Both ends of each trait can be good, lower is not worse. Legal Traits are the traits from the Champions Assessment correlated with success in the business and practice of law.
Legal Traits give more information if you move your mouse over them.

Green band = Normal scoring range for attorneys
Blue line = James Barrister’s score for that Trait
Yellow shading = Traits where James Barrister is outside the norm

Prefers guidance
Client Empathy
Concrete thinker
Abstract thinker
Straight Forward
Ego Drive
Persuades when needed
Seeks to persuade
Ego Strength
Avoids Rejection
Group Problem Solving
Routine Pattern
New Experiences
Requires effort
Decision Making
Comfort w/ Risk
Prefers Guidance
Works Alone
Team player

Visual Type & Go-To Behaviors

Type Code: INTJ | Go-To Behaviors: Connect & Execute | Jungian Functions: Ni & Te

Visual Type with Go-To Behaviors


Look to how things connect, the future and predict possible outcomes

James uses the process of identifying seemingly disconnected patterns to result in instant insight into a problem or situation. James visualizes his goal or end result, focuses on strategy, synthesizes data almost unconsciously and predicts results with surprising accuracy. James looks to and visualizes the future for answers.

(This is where James starts when interacting with the world. The Primary or Dominant behavior.)


Decide based on measurable goals and drive towards objectives

James plans, organizes, schedules, measures and structures the decision-making process by directing and interacting with other people. He focuses on measurable goals. James thinks out loud, notices quickly when something is out of sequence or order, sets objectives and criteria for success, and creates step-by-step procedures. James looks to influence and organize the world around him, even when not solicited to do so.

(If the primary behavior is not enough then this is where James goes for answers)

What do the boxes represent?

These boxes represent the eight different introverted and extraverted mental functions defined by Carl Jung that determine your personality type of INTJ (eg. MBTI). We refer to them as Go-To boxes.

You use all eight Go-To boxes but we expect that you find certain ones easy and fun and others slow and tough.

Think of the box size as telling you how natural you are likely to find activities related to that mental function. The smaller the box, the more energy it will likely take you to do any related activities. The bigger the box, the more likely you are to get energy from doing related activities.

The largest box is your largest function or Superpower.

The boxes above the line are what other people see - they are extraverted. The boxes below the line are introverted and are below the surface.

If your main go-to box is introverted, your most commonly used mental function is invisible to others. If your main go-to box is extraverted, others cannot see your supporting introverted box.

James's largest go-to box is Connect, showing his strength of being able to see the big picture and its future implications based on data points that only he seems to connect together. Because Connect is below the line, what few people see are the connections that lead to his conclusion - the rest of the iceberg below the surface. James's supporting box is Execute, which is what others see: James organizing and directing others toward his goals. James's other three top boxes - Stabilize, Analyze and Value - are drafted to support his Connect function, which he experiences as his Superpower of Super Comprehension.
Look to the present and immediate needs and explore what is currently available
Look to the past, traditions and what worked and focus on consistency
Look to the new and different ideas and explore many possibilities
Look to how things connect, the future and predict possible outcomes
Decide based on measurable goals and drive towards objectives
Decide based on logically correct or incorrect and evaluate the best approach
Decide based on people's needs and empathize with others
Decide based on ethically right or wrong and sync with individual values

Cognitive Superpower

James Barrister

Super Comprehension

Good Day

Good Day

Visionary Planner

Super Comprehension
Good Day

Bad Day

Tunnel Vision


Type Code: INTJ | Go-To Behaviors: Connect & Execute | DISC Code: C | Social Styles: Analytical | Interaction Style: Chart-the-Course

"This is the best direction."

James’s Superpower - Super Comprehension

Super Comprehension

James experiences a complete and instant understanding of a problem or situation; which is what Super Comprehension is about. Neuroscience shows that for those with this power; it is like they listen and their brain just provides the answer; fully formed. Going to sleep and waking up with the answer is much more common for people with this superpower.

Being able to see and understand something from a higher level is natural. Understanding that higher level and how something is connected to what is around it allows James to be amazingly insightful into what long-term results will occur from any action.

James's ability to accurately predict the future in the area of their knowledge is unbelievable. Those with this superpower often report having trouble meditating; for it is during the time of quiet meditation that their brain seems to wake up the most and start providing insight.

Overdependence on this superpower can especially cause problems for the person in areas where they have little knowledge. At this time their brain responds with either silence or worthless deductions.

Career Planner

What it is:
Career success, personal satisfaction and overall fulfillment requires more than just choosing a practice area and setting with a high Satisfaction Score. Personality type plays a big role in finding a fit with any work environment and ensuring a good alignment between one’s strengths, values, type of work and work setting. This section details James’s natural abilities, core values and preferred work environments, including the cultural factors and management styles that will lead to a good fit.
Why it is important:
Poor alignment of one’s strengths and abilities to the work involved and the organization itself will lead to a miserable experience for all involved. The challenge is to find a career path that maximizes the use of one’s natural talents. Sounds obvious right? What makes this especially challenging is that in many higher-level professional careers, the type of work changes from hour-to-hour, day-to-day and week-to-week. A list of the natural talents and abilities common to individuals with James’s personality type is listed below; any new job, career or work setting that James is considering will hopefully leverage many of these natural talents and abilities.

Natural Abilities and Strengths for James's Personality Type

Type Code: INTJ

James's natural abilities and talents, when utilized, help him to perform better and enjoy his job more. Also, his success is generally more dependent on leveraging and capitalizing on his strong points rather than focusing on his weak point - it's his strong points and natural abilities that will bring James job satisfaction and success. James has probably already experienced something like this: When the work he does in his job or in school aligns well with his natural abilities, things start to go easier, move more smoothly, and he feels better about what he is working on or studying. The results usually come out much better. The opposite is also true, when the work he does or the subject he is studying is not well aligned with his 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 he does may be well aligned and some may not. If he can move himself into a career path where most of the work is aligned with his natural abilities, he will be more successful and more satisfied

  • Natural ability to think strategically
    Natural ability for coordinating, organizing and leading
    Natural ability to make things more efficient
    Natural ability to improve systems
    Natural ability to solve very complex problems
    Naturally ingenious
    Natural ability to invent and create
    Natural ability to study and learn technology and science
    Natural ability for research and development
    Natural ability to work independently without supervision
    Naturally persistent and resolute
  • INTJ's Prefer Careers Where

  • Management allows people to be self-directed
    There are several opportunities to demonstrate competence
    The culture appreciates fair but tough decision-making
    The work offers plenty of opportunities to make decisions
    You are able to maintain control over your projects
    You can apply your natural ability to focus and concentrate, rather than multitasking
    The environment, culture and pace allow you to consider things fully before having to respond
    The work allows you to work at a careful steady pace
    The work involves theory and speculation
    The work allows you adequate private time to work alone and to concentrate
    The work involves creativity, imagination and a creative approach to problem solving
    The work involves looking beyond the present i.e. future possibilities, future products and future actions
    The work is not limited to what exists today but involves "what may be" and "what could be"
    The work allows you to utilize your natural ability to analyze and make objective, logical decisions
    The work allows you to utilize your natural ability to provide others with direction and supervision
    The environment is more structured and disciplined; being on time and following procedure is considered important
  • James's Core Values

    For maximum job satisfaction and success, his job and his work environment should align with his core values. The list below represents core values for his personality type.

  • Demonstrated competence
    Constant learning
    New challenges
    Being calm, emotion free
    Minimal repetitive work
    Rewards and recognition are for problem solving in creative and innovative ways
    The ability to work without much direction is appreciated
  • Environmental and Cultural Factors Preferred by James's Personality Type

    Aligning his work environment and the company’s culture with his personality type is also another important consideration in finding the right job. His personality type prefers an environment where:

  • Management allows people to be self-directed
    The culture appreciates fair but tough decision-making
    The environment, culture and pace allow you to consider things fully before having to respond
    The environment is more structured and disciplined; being on time and following procedure is considered important
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