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A Lawyer’s Personality and Long-Term Career Satisfaction

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You've invested thousands of dollars in an undergraduate education and are about to invest thousands more in three years of law school. Will you feel your investment was a sound one ten years from now?
 
A Lawyer’s Personality and Long-Term Career Satisfaction

Stories of dissatisfied lawyers are abound. A recent study conducted by the ABA indicates that of lawyers who change jobs every year, 40,000 leave the profession. According to studies conducted by the Young Lawyers Division in 1984 and 1990, even more report dissatisfaction with their current position and their intention to change jobs within two years.

A simple personality inventory can provide some guidance to help keep you out of the ranks of the statistics. The assessment tool, called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), describes four basic personality preferences that report where you prefer to expend your energy, how you prefer to acquire new information, and how you make decisions. Now the most widely used personality assessment tool, the MBTI is being used to identify correlations between certain personality types and career satisfaction.

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