Beth Person

2. Identifying Your Contribution & Making it Count

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Introduction 00

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While not everyone is trying to get their applications posted on December 1 to have a shot at an internship at a large law firm or a public interest organization or an externship with a judge, getting started early gives you time to consider your options more deeply and target your applications for maximum impact. You can utilize the material in this report and the accompanying activities to help you get a better handle on your preferred practice area(s) and reflect on the sort of legal professional you aspire to become.

Use this report to conduct an “information and interest audit” on who you are (Go-To Behaviors) and how you compare to attorneys working in 20+ practice areas (Practice Areas Detailed Analysis). More specifically, use the chapters and activities in this report to:

– Explore the characteristics of a legal professional(s) you admire for clues about the sort of attorney you aspire to become

– Examine the details of their lives for ideas about what legal issues, client populations, employment settings, and job skills you might want to pursue

– Assess how much you know about your preferred practice area(s) to appreciate gaps in your understanding that require remedying

– Conduct a search for additional information to expose mistaken beliefs, uncover faulty assumptions, and explode stereotypes about your preferred practice area(s)

– Gauge your enthusiasm for your preferred practice area(s) more accurately to improve your insight into its real appeal to you

With a better sense of yourself and potential practice areas, you will be more likely to find a personally and professionally appropriate ex/internship that will give you hands-on, real-world experience. Your increased self-knowledge will not only enable you to build your resumé and boost your hiring prospects, but also offer you valuable information into what sort of work suits your unique personal style as well as what would be most fulfilling.

Go-To Behaviors - The Essentials 01

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This section shows your top two Go-To behaviors based on Carl Jung’s Psychological Types.



This is where Beth likely starts when interacting with the world. The Primary or Dominant behavior.


Gain leverage using a framework.


Decide based on logically correct or incorrect and evaluate the best approach
Beth adds value in a group by focusing on:

• Logical fit and implications
• Reducing inefficiency


    Decide based on logically correct or incorrect and evaluate the best approach

    Analzye is about using an internal, logic-based decision-making process that focuses on what is correct or incorrect. When using Analyze people tend to look inside before making decisions, using their mind to create order, to organize and categorize information, identify anomalies, deduce probabilities and understand how things work.

    Analyze Analyze Analyze evaluates information based on how consistently and precisely the information fits within established internal systems or frameworks.

    These frameworks are built with precision and take a long time to be completed; therefore, they are not going to be quickly discarded in favor of a different framework. Because this is an introverted function the framework or system is not visible to others. Others often do not get a glimpse of the framework until they arrive at a decision that is not consistent with the framework, at which time they get to witness the volcanic explosion.

    One can think of Analyze as an internal filing system. Each file contains sub-files, which contain sub-files, and so-on. Thus, when one is using Analyze, the time it takes to evaluate information may take a substantial amount of time, as the person must check to see if the information fits within one's complex filing system. If there is no place in the filing system for the piece of information to go, it will be rejected until more information is received.
If the primary behavior is not enough then this is where Beth likely goes for answers next.


Explore the emerging patterns.


Look to the new and different ideas and explore many possibilities
Beth adds value in a group by focusing on:

• Brainstorming new ideas
• Discovering patterns and trends


: Look to the new and different ideas and explore many possibilities

Invent is about brainstorming, a verbal questioning to identify patterns that provide insight. People using Invent tend to prefer seeking answers through brainstorming, identifying patterns and innovation. Invent looks outside the box for answers, seeking something new.

Recognizing Patterns and Possibilities

Creating possibilities for the future and spontaneously recognizing patterns and connections

  • Sharing ideas
  • Takes a global perspective
  • Brainstorming
  • Identifies patterns
  • Is not bothered by details

Envisioning to Improve

  • Envisioning
  • Improving
  • Creating the Future
  • Aware of what could be.
  • Generates possibilities.
  • Identifies patterns and makes connections.
  • Excited by the new.
Invent is about identifying possibilities and opportunities related to what is happening in the real world. It is generating new ideas based on old ones. It is creating new ideas based on what someone else has shared. It expands one idea into many possibilities without the need for precision or detail.

Invent when active in a positive way tends to view the opportunities and possibilities positively. Information shared through this function may seem to be superficial or broad brush as the details or what is beneath the surface can be filled in later. The expressions tend to be global in nature.
Go-To Behaviors - The Essentials Authors
Original work by: Sterling Bates Gene Bellotti Dario Nardi © Step Research Corporation

Practice Area Detailed Analysis 02

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This chapter shows how you fit in different practice areas based on your scores from the Sheffield Assessment

To help you assess how you might fit in different practice areas, this chapter shows how your results on the Sheffield Assessment compare to those of our sample of satisfied attorneys working in 24 different practice areas.

The Practice Area Detailed Analysis summarizes your results by comparing you to our sample in two key ways. Highlighted are the three traits where your scores are most similar to our practice area samples and the three traits where your scores are least similar. In addition, the right side of your display takes into account your scores on all 22 traits on the Sheffield Assessment, ranking your potential fit across the practice areas from most to least similar.

Many factors contribute to success and satisfaction in a practice area. Use this ranking of practice areas, and the top three matching and mismatching traits, as a starting point for investigating which practice areas might offer you the best fit for your future career.

Click the list of practice areas on the right to examine each one.

Beth Person

Assessing The Fit

Additional Instructions For Using This

For additional guidance and instructions, please refer to the Polish Activity guidelines above and online for this report chapter.

Practice Area Detailed Analysis:

Please indicate where you think your current knowledge about Personal Injury, your highest ranked practice area, falls on the continuum below.

Limited Knowledge_____________________________Abundant Knowledge

How and from whom did you acquire the knowledge you have about this practice area? Select all that apply and feel free to add additional knowledge sources. You can also record these in your report using the Comment function of the Polish tool.

  • Law school courses
  • On-campus workshops
  • Professional association meetings or seminars
  • Law journals
  • Professional association websites
  • Podcasts, videos, blogs, other social media or internet resources
  • Books, films, television series
  • Internship/work experience
  • Family members and friends working in law or adjacent fields
  • Mentors and other role models working in law or adjacent fields
  • Informational interviews with people working in law or adjacent fields
  • Other

Come back later after having explored two new information sources.

Please indicate where you think your knowledge about Personal Injury, your highest ranked practice area, now falls on the continuum below.

Limited Knowledge_____________________________Abundant Knowledge

Having explored the two new information sources, please indicate where you think your current willingness to work in Personal Injury falls on the continuum below.

Limited Willingness____________________________________Abundant Willingness

If you rated yourself closer to the “limited” end of the scale, that is you discovered you don’t have a great deal of interest in or passion for Personal Injury, complete this activity with another practice area from the list that interests you.

However you rated your willingness to work in your top practice area(s), remember no assessment is perfect and your results are just one tool to help you make a good decision about what the best practice area(s) for you might be.

Practice Area Detailed Analysis Authors
Original work by: Sterling Bates Mark Levin Karl Schmitt © Step Research Corporation