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Questions to Think About

The questions below are designed to help you think through your values, your skill set, and the environment you would thrive in, in order to better frame your practice options to discover the right personal fit.

Answering these Questions

You may not know the answers to all of these questions now. In fact, if you have not had much work experience yet, you probably do not know the answer to many of these questions. Beyond reflecting on your academic and professional experiences, there are a variety of ways to sample different legal opportunities that might illuminate your preferences, including:

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

An additional way of discovering what kind of work setting and environment suits you is taking a personality or interest based “test” such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI is a standardized test designed to provide some insight into your preferences, tendencies, and characteristics. It is based upon character types developed by Carl Jung, in his work, Psychological Types. It is one of the most widely used psychological testing instruments in the world today. While the MBTI does not in any way dictate that you should pursue a particular job or career path, it can serve as a useful tool as you try to identify the right career fit.

  • Please keep in mind that the MBTI is not geared toward lawyers specifically. Rather it is a tool that is used across all professions and all educational backgrounds.
  • To learn more about the MBTI, please watch this workshop video and review the accompanying slides:

MBTI Self-Assessment Workshop

Margie Boone, Catherine Pattanayak
Office of Career Services, Office of Public Interest Advising
Video | 10/08/2014 | 00:32

To learn more about your individual MBTI type, please click below.

ENFJ: Overview and Career Profile

ENFP: Overview and Career Profile

ENTJ: Overview and Career Profile

ENTP: Overview and Career Profile

ESFJ: Overview and Career Profile

ESFP: Overview and Career Profile

ESTJ: Overview and Career Profile

ESTP: Overview and Career Profile

INFJ: Overview and Career Profile

INFP: Overview and Career Profile

INTJ: Overview and Career Profile

INTP: Overview and Career Profile

ISFJ: Overview and Career Profile

ISFP: Overview and Career Profile

ISTJ: Overview and Career Profile

ISTP: Overview and Career Profile