Personality and Your Legal Career. Presented by the Lawyers Assistance Program Facilitated by Robert Bircher. Personality.
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For example if you are told that going to university and becoming a lawyer will make you happy, for many years you may actually come to believe it –even though it is often a dream of your parents not you!!
Lawyers generally do little genuine career planning (except for academic planning) before law school and usually have no conception of what law will be like until they actually do it. If they are lucky they find a job that perfectly suits them. For most however, it is hit and miss until they gradually figure it out
Lets have a look at personality dimensions using the Myers Briggs model
People will have both dimensions and a preference for one dimension or another -you can write with both hands but one will be easy and comfortable and one will not
Most people use both in different circumstances but if given no pressure and a free choice will find one side slightly more natural or normal for them-we will talk about extremes for illustration but most people have some of both
Most people know about this-extraverts focus their attention and energy on the outside world introverts focus on the inside
An extravert loves crowds and people and is energized by them, introverts like one on one or small groups
A good friend of mine from Victoria is an extravert and if we go for a walk in downtown Victoria the longest we can go without him stopping and chatting to someone is about 5 minutes-it once took us nearly a day to walk around Beacon Hill park and we met about 50 people!!
To an introvert an office party is a drag, especially if is your partners law firm-who wants to make small talk with a bunch of strangers I won’t see again!!
Perceivers can be terrible procrastinators and judgers can be rigid and inflexible
Imagine a couple shopping for a bike-the perceiver asks many questions and goes to several bike shops and still has trouble deciding-the judger asks at the first shop which bike do you recommend and buys it
If a brochure arrives for a CLE event the judger either signs up immediately or throws it away-the perceiver keeps the brochure for weeks weighing the pros and cons of going to the seminar or not
Mismatches can result in extreme unhappiness and even leaving law altogether
If you have an articling student who is a strong feeler/intuitive under a principle who is a strong thinker/judger you will likely end up with a disaster that is unpleasant for both
Generally you can pull out various parts of your personality under various circumstances-an introvert can be a good public speaker-a thinker can feel and a feeler can think-it doesn’t mean you don’t have access to these things