June 07, 2012 Articles

How to Become a Law Firm Partner

A decade in, you don't want to end up in the legal equivalent of the "friend zone."

By Matt Shinners

When you’re first starting out, the entire partner track can seem like a mystery. Third-year law students imagine a cabal of lawyers, cloaked and masked, intoning over a cauldron that will speak the names of those to be made partner this year. Even after starting at a firm, the criteria can be somewhat ephemeral. However, there are certain things that are expected of a partner, and as Ben Affleck said in Boiler Room, “Act as if.” But, before you can act as if you’re a partner, let’s look at where it came from and what it means.

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