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BAND 3 - COMPETENT *

BAND 3 - COMPETENT *

Band 3 legal specialists have attained a level of technical competency and typically enjoy substantially more responsibility than Band 2 specialists. Their conceptual understanding is deeper, too, and clients and colleagues are starting to trust their judgment in routine matters.

Band 3 legal specialists have attained a level of technical competency and typically enjoy substantially more responsibility than Band 2 specialists. Their conceptual understanding is deeper, too, and clients and colleagues are starting to trust their judgment in routine matters.

●   Starting to replace their reliance on guidelines with a more fluid analytical approach reflecting improving judgment and growing experience.

 

●   Tacit knowledge is developing, that is, knowledge that can only be gained from direct experience.

 

●   An individual’s aptitude for the relevant area of law is by this stage readily apparent to more experienced specialists in the area.

 

●   Can deal competently with some unfamiliar tasks and as they get a better sense of the limits of their abilities, are able to judge accurately what they can do by themselves and when to get help.

●   Starting to replace their reliance on guidelines with a more fluid analytical approach reflecting improving judgment and growing experience.

 

●   Tacit knowledge is developing, that is, knowledge that can only be gained from direct experience.

 

●   An individual’s aptitude for the relevant area of law is by this stage readily apparent to more experienced specialists in the area.

 

●   Can deal competently with some unfamiliar tasks and as they get a better sense of the limits of their abilities, are able to judge accurately what they can do by themselves and when to get help.

Band 3 legal specialists conform to the generic description of a high level apprentice who is still receiving instruction from domain experts. This phase of development can last for up to 12 years in some areas. Band 3 lawyers may have the title of associate, senior associate or special counsel (or even partner if they only occasionally practice in the relevant area of law and have more developed expertise in another area). As noted, the length of time that a lawyer can remain at this level of specialist expertise is considerable, depending on the complexity and sophistication of the relevant area of law. However, their progression to higher levels of expertise is usually assured assuming they continue to build on their experiences and responsibilities working on cases and files in their area of specialisation.

 

More technically, Band 3 legal specialists can be prone to laboured, inconclusive and incorrect legal-risk assessments on difficult matters of judgment. Their potential over-reliance on analytical reasoning, limited self-monitoring and frequently high levels of deliberative doubt, all reflect their still developing intuitive capabilities and use of ineffective (and sometimes inappropriate) analogies and heuristics. However, they can still legitimately gain the confidence of their peers as well as clients as dependable professionals within their designated areas of responsibility. Lawyers at the higher-end of this ratings band can be expected to demonstrate substantially more highly-developed cognitive skills and abilities in the relevant area of law than those at the lower-end.

Band 3 legal specialists conform to the generic description of a high level apprentice who is still receiving instruction from domain experts. This phase of development can last for up to 12 years in some areas. Band 3 lawyers may have the title of associate, senior associate or special counsel (or even partner if they only occasionally practice in the relevant area of law and have more developed expertise in another area). As noted, the length of time that a lawyer can remain at this level of specialist expertise is considerable, depending on the complexity and sophistication of the relevant area of law. However, their progression to higher levels of expertise is usually assured assuming they continue to build on their experiences and responsibilities working on cases and files in their area of specialisation.

 

More technically, Band 3 legal specialists can be prone to laboured, inconclusive and incorrect legal-risk assessments on difficult matters of judgment. Their potential over-reliance on analytical reasoning, limited self-monitoring and frequently high levels of deliberative doubt, all reflect their still developing intuitive capabilities and use of ineffective (and sometimes inappropriate) analogies and heuristics. However, they can still legitimately gain the confidence of their peers as well as clients as dependable professionals within their designated areas of responsibility. Lawyers at the higher-end of this ratings band can be expected to demonstrate substantially more highly-developed cognitive skills and abilities in the relevant area of law than those at the lower-end.

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* NOTES

 

1. This ratings band description is not a definitive statement of how any individual lawyer actually thinks. Rather, it is provided as a descriptive approximation of the cognitive profiles of legal specialists at a defined stage of their development as measured on the Meisterline Index rating scale.

 

2. This ratings band description highlights only those cognitive traits and abilities most evident at the midpoint of this ratings band. Lower and higher ratings within this band imply a blurring of traits and abilities with those legal specialists in immediately lower and immediately higher bands, respectively. While a number of legal specialists may, by virtue of their individual expertise ratings, be assessed to be within this ratings band, those individuals with a higher (or a lower) rating in that band can be assumed to possess more of the cognitive traits of legal specialists in the next band up (or down). These blending dynamics are discussed on a lawyer-by-lawyer basis in the Intra-Band Analysis provided in our individual Meisterline Index Development Reports.

 

3. This ratings band description only applies to the area of law for which the lawyer in question has been assessed. It does not indicate how that lawyer might think in other areas of legal specialization (separate assessments can be undertaken for them) or in more general contexts. It is entirely possible, and to be expected, that a lawyer will receive different ratings for different areas of law.

 

4. This ratings band description ignores traditional position titles and any capabilities a lawyer may have relevant to other aspects of legal practice, such as their management ability, client service skills or business-development potential. The focus of the Meisterline Index is solely on a legal practitioner’s cognitive development (in terms of so-called technical or ‘hard’ skills) within a given area of legal specialization.

* NOTES

 

1. This ratings band description is not a definitive statement of how any individual lawyer actually thinks. Rather, it is provided as a descriptive approximation of the cognitive profiles of legal specialists at a defined stage of their development as measured on the Meisterline Index rating scale.

 

2. This ratings band description highlights only those cognitive traits and abilities most evident at the midpoint of this ratings band. Lower and higher ratings within this band imply a blurring of traits and abilities with those legal specialists in immediately lower and immediately higher bands, respectively. While a number of legal specialists may, by virtue of their individual expertise ratings, be assessed to be within this ratings band, those individuals with a higher (or a lower) rating in that band can be assumed to possess more of the cognitive traits of legal specialists in the next band up (or down). These blending dynamics are discussed on a lawyer-by-lawyer basis in the Intra-Band Analysis provided in our individual Meisterline Index Development Reports.

 

3. This ratings band description only applies to the area of law for which the lawyer in question has been assessed. It does not indicate how that lawyer might think in other areas of legal specialization (separate assessments can be undertaken for them) or in more general contexts. It is entirely possible, and to be expected, that a lawyer will receive different ratings for different areas of law.

 

4. This ratings band description ignores traditional position titles and any capabilities a lawyer may have relevant to other aspects of legal practice, such as their management ability, client service skills or business-development potential. The focus of the Meisterline Index is solely on a legal practitioner’s cognitive development (in terms of so-called technical or ‘hard’ skills) within a given area of legal specialization.