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Discover Your Strengths

Resources Assess your skills, values, interests and strengths by reading relevant sections of these books, which you can borrow from the Career Services Library:

  • What Color Is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles
  • The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore
  • Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams by Kimm Walton

Once you have begun to understand your own preferences, begin to explore practice areas and specific employers to see how you might fit in to those environments. These two books may be of use to you:

  • The Official Guide to Legal Specialties by Lisa Abrams (provided to all first-year students)
  • America's Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree by Kimm Walton

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Based on C. G. Jung's theory of psychological types, the MBTI can help you discover the career characteristics and job activities that are often rewarding to someone with your personality. It can also offer you insight into how people like you maximize career exploration as they gather information, set goals, make decisions and take action.

While this instrument can be helpful in your career exploration, it won't tell you what kind of lawyer you should be. Rather, it is intended to provide you with a new way of thinking about your job search in order to find work that is ultimately satisfying to you.

Akua Akyea, Assistant Dean for Public Service, and Elizabeth Peck, Assistant Dean for Judicial Engagement and Professional Development are qualified administrators and interpreters of the MBTI. Contact Danielle Scharf, to make an appointment to discuss the MBTI with one of them.