How do you find the best lawyers for the future?


Eric Castien

Onderwerp Blog
Gepubliceerd op

28 March 2019

Approximately 4,500 students per year, leave the Dutch universities with a law degree. According to head HR Martine Brouwer-T ‘ Hart from Allen & Overy and HR director Inez Rongen from Larkins & Lampard can only 10% be classified as a top talent (Advocatenblad). The question remains: how do you differentiate these 10 percent of the rest? Of course, high grades and an excellent internship play their part here, but like a great versatility of extracurricular activities, it seems that this has become the new standard for upcoming talents. People often fall back on traditional IQ scores. Unfortunately, the distinctive character of these scores is limited. To find a good match for a specific job, such as a lawyer, you need to look for a unique set of ‘performance building blocks’. The answer to this is found in the brain.

BrainsFirst NeurOlympics: understanding future fit
The scientifically substantiated Brain-based Assessment Games of BrainsFirst, the NeurOlympics, allow you to measure the executive function cycle. Executive functions refer to a number of higher brain processes which are necessary to achieve certain behaviors and a specific way of acting. The executive function cycle consists of several of brain functions that everyone uses every day. Each person observes, thinks, decides, organizes and acts and does so with a certain workflow. The NeurOlympics measure the natural preference of your candidate for each of these brain skills. For example, one brain may prefer to act fast and make decisions in a practical way. While the other brain prefers to act precise and makes decisions in a considerate way. In addition, different jobs also require other qualities of its employees. Different skills are expected from a lawyer than, for example, from a cyber security specialist. BrainsFirst provides insight into the unique set of brain skills, literally the biological ‘performance building blocks’ of a candidate and matches this with the required brain skills for the relevant function.

Increaseyour talent pool: look for talent in another way
The match between what a job demands on the brain and what someone can do naturally, largely determines the future success on the work floor. To be able to make this match, it is important to know what ‘performance building blocks’ a candidate must have for a particular function. In this case, it is important to know what skills are required for a top lawyer. By means of the game data of your candidates and an extremely carefully compiled goal profile, BrainsFirst selects the best candidates for your company. This allows you to devote your valuable time to the right candidates.

This is what the brain of a top lawyer looks like
Based on research at several top law firms, BrainsFirst has discovered that the classic IQ score is not the most important predictor to be truly successful as a lawyer. The composition of brain-skills has a much larger predictive value. The brains of the real top lawyers prefer a dynamic workflow above all, and it is well able to improvise. It is sharply adjusted to accuracy and precision. This comes at the expense of speed. Achieving an extremely correct result simply takes time. 

Looking for the talents in the legal profession of tomorrow?
BrainsFirst helps you to distinguish the talents that are naturally top of the group from the ones that only appear to be good. Ivar Schot is happy to explain how.