Workplace Values Inventory

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The following is an excerpt from the Career Development Handbook.

Your values may have played a role in your decision to attend law school. You may value fairness, justice, or reason. You may value service to your community or those in need. You may value working in an environment with assignments and colleagues that challenge you on a daily basis. You may value the opportunity to achieve, resulting in whatever recognition methods are most motivating to you. No matter how your values have influenced your entry into the legal field, or how they may sometimes conflict, they will surely continue to develop and manifest themselves in your professional decisions in the years ahead.

Often, when the word “values” is brought up, you may first think of your personal values, perhaps related to your political or religious views, or your opinions on morality/ethics. While certainly an accurate definition of the word,
these are not the types of values we will focus on in this handbook. Though reflecting upon your personal values can certainly help you make career-related decisions, our main emphasis here will be on values that most directly apply to your job and internship endeavors.

Work-related values may include everything from how you prefer to be compensated, to what motivates you to do your best work, to how you like to think and make decisions. In addition to the LawFit Career Assessment, an excellent tool for defining and utilizing your work-related values is the Life Values Inventory (LVI). The LVI was developed over many years via collaboration between Dr. Duane Brown, Professor Emeritus of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Dr. Kelly Crace. The LVI is based on the Holistic Values-Based Theory of Life Role Choice and Satisfaction (Brown, 1996; Brown & Crace, 1995) and is applicable in multiple settings. The LVI assessment, available for free online via, helps you to better understand which values currently guide your behavior, determine the importance you want place on different values, and recognize methods for expressing your values in ways and frequencies that allow you to flourish. It also addresses how certain values may compete with one another, as well as the fine line between feelings of success and stress when it comes to living out your values.

In addition to helping to identify your preferred practice areas, understanding your workplace values will inform your ideal practice settings. To assist you with prioritizing your workplace values, below is a non-exhaustive list for you to rank your values. A rank of 5 will be the highest and 1 will be the lowest.

(1-5, 5 being highest)
Ethical Conduct
Fame and Renown
Financial Security
Free Time
High Earnings Potential
Intellectual Rigor
Interpersonal Relationships
Job Security
Justice and Fairness
Knowledge of Practice Area
Office Advancement
Sense of Adventure
Sense of Community
Serving Society
Variety of Work
Work / Life Balance
Workplace Environment
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