Because I am convinced of its value, for years I used The Highlands Ability Battery (THAB) with clients. I think the assessment is excellent, and certainly one of the best available. A new version has been developed specifically for lawyers, and I am predicting it will be as good as the earlier, more generic test.
(I no longer use the assessment because I do not now do career work with clients. If you would like referrals to some people who can administer the test, e-mail me.)
You may learn more about the assessment in this article "New Career Development Tool for Lawyers" (Highlands Forum). Excerpt:
In the coming months, the Highlands Company will launch its Ability Battery Lawyer's Report. The Report is designed to reflect the uniqueness of people who study and practice law. Whether you have just entered the profession or have been practicing for years, this useful tool can help by pointing you towards areas of law practice you are likely to excel in and enjoy. It will also tell you how to draw on your natural abilities to manage your practice, supervise associates and staff, and deliver effective service to your clients.
The Highlands Ability Battery measures your innate abilities; the Lawyer's Report describes their relevance to you personally. The terms "ability" and "natural abilities" are used to describe the degrees of your natural performance in a variety of work functions, all of which mature in most people at or
about age fifteen. Abilities are distinguished from skills, which are defined to mean performance based on ability but enhanced through learning, practice and experience. Your present level of performance - i.e., what you are able to do at this moment - is determined by calling upon the combination of your natural abilities and your skills.
The Battery measures your abilities objectively by requiring you to perform specific tasks called worksamples, not by asking you to describe yourself or by asking you to answer questions about yourself. This approach enables you to know what kinds of tasks come easily to you, and also which tasks are more difficult for you. The speed with which you perform a particular task is one important measure of how easy that task is for you. When a task needs more effort - when the answers do not come quickly - it may be because the ability required is not a strong ability for you. In most worksamples, your speed as well as your success at performing a particular task is measured.
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