Maybe Henry David Thoreau could afford to spend a couple of years hanging out by Walden Pond, checking out nature, and doing some soul-searching. Hey, he even got a book deal out of it.

But even if you, like Thoreau, are inclined toward introspection and self-knowledge, the chances that you’ll have any time to use such touchy-feely exercises in the next decade or two are pretty slim. And that’s unfortunate. Because taking the time to figure out who you are, and how smoothly your personality meshes with the set of traits that lawyers tend to exhibit, could make a big difference in how well you do in your chosen profession.

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