The 1L attitude is characterized by a self-positive (Ls+), and others-negative (Lo-) disposition. This disposition creates an attitude that is acutely aware of its own strengths within the realm of logic. 1Ls understand their own power within this aspect and generally want to protect it at all costs. All incoming logical information from others must be pushed through the 1L’s subjective interpretation before it is accepted. The strategies that each 1L employs may differ in behavior or execution but the core attitude of subjective protection over what they believe is their greatest asset will be consistent and true for all 1Ls. Below are some common beliefs and behaviors that you may see with 1Ls. Please keep in mind that these are generalities and do not represent the vast sub-archetypes held within the overall 1L attitude.


Certain • Sufficient • Strong • Aggressive • Subjective • Vulnerable • Flippant • Local • Distinct


• Have great trust in their own ideas and how they apply them.
• Strong focus on how they believe things operate.
• Continuously reevaluate their own understanding of logic.
• Solely trust in their own reasoning to sort through a puzzle or problem.
• Quick to zone in on causal links to the current state of reality.
• Easily trust themselves to do decide which branch of academia they should partake in or avoid.
• Tend to dislike arguing unless they can lead the debate without being discounted.
• Philosophize more quietly than 2Ls and 3Ls.

Puzzle Solving Role

• Thrive in situations with chaotic and extraneous information.
• Always put forth unambiguous answers as to how and why things work correctly.
• Have strict guidelines and opinions of what knowledge and information is useful to them.
• Have no issue instructing and teaching new ideas to others, though they are more apt to monologue.
• Problem solvers who believe they can excel in formal academia.
• Believe they are aware of unknown variables that other people fail to see, and are quick to point them out.

Blind Spot

• Rarely let others affect their opinions, unless they are in search of a new opinion to begin with.
• Prone to correcting people’s logical errors rather than discussing or being diplomatic about it.
• Have a hard time admitting when they are mistaken.
• Refuse to change their opinion unless they can take credit for discovering the new idea or explain their ignorance through lack of access to the new knowledge.
• May have a know-it-all attitude. Discount outside explanations until it can be verified for themselves.

Vulnerability Triggers

The deep and hidden vulnerability within a 1L type can be triggered in numerous ways, which includes but is not limited to:

• Persistent intrusive thoughts that cloud the mind
• Loss or decrease in problem solving abilities
• Traumatic brain injury
• Changes in perception that affect processing abilities
• Being brainwashed or coerced into believing things without context
• Loss of senses associated with preferred learning style