Want to Be a Lawyer? Find Your Specialty with Myers-Briggs
So you’ve chosen to pursue a career in law — congratulations! Now all you have to do is pick a specialty…or two, or three… This can be trickier than it initially seemed when you first made your choice of employment, and if you’ve struggled with deciding on a specialty, you’re not alone.
Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs personality assessment? Knowing your type and its associated strengths can help narrow down the options.
For ISTJs, the most fitting legal fields are contract law or estate planning. The ISTJ person is methodical and rational, two traits that transfer well to all aspects of law. As a matter of fact, there are more lawyers from this personality type than any other on the Myers-Briggs scale.
The ISFJ personality is quick and efficient and also good with numbers, making them perfect for tax law. ISTPs are similarly quick to solve problems, but are more interested in what goes on behind the scenes. They are often very fitted as intellectual property lawyers since they won’t hesitate to complete due diligence in order to discover the origin of an idea. Because they like to keep abreast of current events, ISFP personalities are more likely to excel as an immigration lawyer or in employment related law.
For INFJ type individuals, who are most successful when making the world a better place and in helping others, either environmental law or family law would be best. INTJs have dedication to their ideals and they enjoy a challenge. This personality type makes a great criminal lawyer, since these cases can be the most challenging while providing the best reward when successful.
When it comes to INFP personalities, they aren’t very suited to legal work. However, for those who are determined, environmental law is a good choice. INTPs who practice law should look into family law, since they don’t seem to have a problem asking people the tough questions. This includes their own clients.
ESTPs make great lawyers, especially any legal field that deals with updating old and outdated ideas. Workers compensation law and social security law are good specialties here. ESFPs are not nearly as outspoken as their thinking counterparts, and if they have to go into law, should practice corporate law where someone else has to make all the tough calls. Neither ESTJ and ESFJ are quite the “perfect” lawyer, but they still offer valuable strengths. ESTJs are good team members so would be good to add to any legal team, and ESFJ are skilled at settling arguments before they make it to a court setting.
ENTP and ENFP personality types are both innovative and interested in new endeavours. Copyright law is the best field for them. ENTJ and ENFJ are two personality types that have a knack for finding what is hidden behind the scenes. This helps when they practice medical malpractice law or become personal injury lawyers. As they are adept at handling larger groups, as well, they are also great civil lawyers.