Lawyer Trait Assessment Attracts More than 1200 Attorneys in the First Two Months Since Launch

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More than 1200 attorneys have already taken part in one of the largest studies of lawyer personalities ever conducted. The study, funded by The Right Profile and JD Match, is still ongoing and can be viewed at

The first step in solving any of the law firm attrition issues is better understanding attorneys.

In just two months, more that 1200 attorneys have taken part in one of the largest lawyer personality studies ever conducted. The study, which is powered by the Sheffield Legal Assessment, is funded by The Right Profile, a pioneer in assessing candidate-organizational fit through scientifically validated psychometric instruments, and JD Match, the first truly 21st-Century legal recruiting platform. The firms made the assessment available and free for all participants at so that attorneys and non-attorneys alike can take part.

Although technology in the legal industry has made huge progress in the last ten years to increase the efficiency of legal research, litigation and document assembly, the human side – how law students determine their practice areas, how firms recruit, mentor and retain attorneys, and even how college students answer the simple question of “should I go to law school?”, has changed little in the past 40 years. This lack of focus on the human side results in a huge cost to attorneys, law firms and their clients - 46% of new associates are gone within their first three years at a firm, lateral partners see similar turnover rates, but at much higher costs to the law firm, and clients see disruptions as their service providers move throughout the industry. All in, the nation’s largest law firms spend billions of dollars each year to recruit, train, and ultimately lose lawyers from their ranks.

Bruce MacEwen, President of JD Match, says: “Most descriptions of ‘the lawyer personality type’ tend to be caricatures based on stereotypes. We believe the industry needs a meaningful, empirically driven toolset before firms and individuals can address particular strengths and weaknesses. We believe we’re creating something not available anywhere else.” Mark Levin, Co-Founder and General Counsel of The Right Profile, added “The first step in solving any of the law firm attrition issues is better understanding attorneys.” Although the study is still ongoing, the companies hope to have a preliminary analysis of the data completed in June.

Upon completion of the 15-20 minute assessment, at, each participant will immediately receive a detailed report that profiles that individual’s distinctive characteristics in the traits that are most important to practicing law, and how he or she compares to the collective norm of all attorneys across the country that have taken part in the study. The individual can use these results to understand his or her own strengths and how to better leverage them. All data will be aggregated anonymously in the study, with no identifying individual characteristics.

JD Match, the first truly 21st-Century legal recruiting platform, headquartered in New York, has been developed and is owned by Bruce MacEwen and Janet Stanton, the same individuals behind industry-leading publishing and management consulting firm Adam Smith, Esq. (

The Right Profile (TRP) is the leader in industry-specific talent development systems, integrating the latest technologies with predictive methodologies in behavioral science to transform the way organizations select and develop talent. We harness people-centric science and predictive analytics to help organizations make smarter personnel decisions. TRP offers talent development systems for sports teams (including customers in the NFL, MLB and NBA), for professional services firms and sales-driven businesses. (

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