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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