Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be an in-house lawyer, or should you open up a beach bar?

Take the Lawyers Standardized Quick and Unscientific Aptitude Test, or, the LSQUAT

People choose to go to law school for a lot of reasons. If you are “book smart” (as they used to say) and you don’t know what you want to do, but you want the comfortable life of a well-paid, urban professional something-or-other, law school has historically been the go-to career path. If you graduated in the top 10 percent of your class at an accredited law school, you were practically guaranteed a job with a firm or a government agency.

When I think about it, half of the in-house lawyers I’ve known over my career fit that description: goal-oriented, found law school to be a lot of work but not overly difficult, never completely sure what they wanted to do. Some of them were very good lawyers. Others were just O.K.

1. You want other people to think of you as:

  1. Sexy (1 point)
  2. Having a bright future (2  points)
  3. Above reproach (3 points)
  4. Empathetic (4 points)
  5. Someone whose advice people consider valuable (5 points)


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Eric Esperne

Eric Esperne is counsel for Dell Services and is located in Canton, Mass. He has more than 15 years experience as in-house counsel for government,...

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