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BAND 1 - NOVICE *

BAND 1 - NOVICE *

Band 1 legal specialists are new to the relevant area of law. They could still be experienced lawyers in other areas. But their cognitive development and overall capability as legal specialists in this area is minimal.

Band 1 legal specialists are new to the relevant area of law. They could still be experienced lawyers in other areas. But their cognitive development and overall capability as legal specialists in this area is minimal.

●   Technical knowledge is low relative to more capable specialists, but it could still be higher than that of generalist lawyers.

 

●   Typically lack a deep conceptual understanding of substantive issues and their judgment and intuitive abilities in this area of law have not yet begun to develop in any substantive sense.

 

●   Can nevertheless be relied upon to recognise standard legal issues.

 

●   Benefit from close supervision and are often best in supportive roles, doing simple routine tasks and following clear instructions, procedural checklists and guidelines.

●   Technical knowledge is low relative to more capable specialists, but it could still be higher than that of generalist lawyers.

 

●   Typically lack a deep conceptual understanding of substantive issues and their judgment and intuitive abilities in this area of law have not yet begun to develop in any substantive sense.

 

●   Can nevertheless be relied upon to recognise standard legal issues.

 

●   Benefit from close supervision and are often best in supportive roles, doing simple routine tasks and following clear instructions, procedural checklists and guidelines.

Band 1 legal specialists fit within the traditional description of a novice. They have had limited or minimal exposure to the practices in the relevant area of law, with their main developmental challenge being to acquire the knowledge they need to develop better technical and contextual understanding of client needs. Legal practitioners at the lower end of this band are likely to behave like a beginner or layperson who uses common-sense combined with either an everyday knowledge of the relevant domain or a slightly more detailed prerequisite knowledge of the area.

Band 1 legal specialists fit within the traditional description of a novice. They have had limited or minimal exposure to the practices in the relevant area of law, with their main developmental challenge being to acquire the knowledge they need to develop better technical and contextual understanding of client needs. Legal practitioners at the lower end of this band are likely to behave like a beginner or layperson who uses common-sense combined with either an everyday knowledge of the relevant domain or a slightly more detailed prerequisite knowledge of the area.

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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.