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Self assessment is a useful first step of the career planning process. During a self assessment you will gather information about yourself, including an analysis of your values, interests, and abilities that will enable you to make more informed career choices. This process will be valuable when considering both your short-term and long-term career goals. In addition self assessments can help you to identify what is most important to you in an employer and in a job, thereby increasing your chances of long-term employment satisfaction.

The legal profession offers a wide range of opportunities from policy development, to large-scale impact litigations, to working one-on-one with clients. Taking time now to evaluate your values, interests, and abilities and working with CDO to craft a career search with those factors in mind will enable you to avoid many potential career frustrations.

CDO offers students the opportunity to take the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and attend related programming to learn more about their personality types to maximize their career satisfaction. As a first step, students may view CDO'shandout on Choosing the Right Employer, which discusses different factors involved in this decision making process.

Assessment Tools:

Career Test for the Soul

Jung Typology Test
Free personality test along the lines of the MBTI

Keirsey Temperament Sorter
Provides an online version of the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, a personality test designed to allow job seekers to identify their personality type

Testing Room
With free log in, can access the career interest profiler, personality index and career values scale

Practice Areas:

10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Practice Area, by Major, Lindsey & Africa

HG.org's Areas of Practice section

Law Firm Practice Area Summary, by Major, Lindsey & Africa

Practice Area Summaries, by Chambers Associate

Practice Perspectives: Vault's Guide to Legal Practice Areas (available on the Vault Career Insider under the "Guides" tab)
For more information on navigating this site, please see the Online Resource Tutorial on Vault Career Insider. This site must be access through Yale's VPN. Instructions are available at http://web.library/yale.edu/help/off-campus-access-vpn.

Quick Reference Guide to Legal Practice Areas, by BCG

SLS Navigator, Curricula and Careers


Cost of Living Calculator
Compare the cost of living in different cities and access cost of living studies including the best cities for job seekers

Find Your Spot
Take an online quiz that tells you the cities that best fit your lifestyle

CDO Program Videos:

The Unique Psychological World of Lawyers: A Discussion about the MBTI and Other Attributes that Make lawyers Different
Muir, Ronda / 2013

Finding a Legal Specialty Area Appealing to Your Personality
Abrams, Lisa | Casaleggi, Lois / 2010

How Should I Live My Life as a Lawyer?
Koh, Harold / 2007

Introduction to MBTI
CDO / 2012

CDO Library Resources