What does a Partner do?

Law firm partners hold senior-level positions at a law firm or legal practice. They serve as managers overseeing core operations of the firm and also act as a mentor or advisor to less senior level lawyers and other staff. They have a central role in growing the clientele and developing new business opportunities. Depending on how partnerships are structured, they may have some equity or ownership, in addition to other compensation.

Law firm partners typically have a bachelor’s degree, a J.D., and an extensive track record practicing law in roles with progressively higher levels of responsibility. They should have established a strong history of successful performance in a particular legal specialty area. They must have excellent business development skills and the ability to nurture and grow a high-value client roster.

Work/Life Balance
3.9 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
4.0 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Partner Salaries

Average Base Pay

$250,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $250K
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Partner Career Path

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Partner Insights

Read what Partner professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Siemens Digital Industries SoftwareSiemens Digital Industries Software
Partner Marketing
13 Oct 2021

“This job was a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend the internship program to anyone looking for one”

Design Partner
11 Jun 2021

“Evrything went really well from training us to listening to my ideas and targets were all fine.”

Expedia GroupExpedia Group
Lodging Partner Associate
15 Apr 2021

“During high season the time available to attend trainings is highly reduced and this impacts your career development.”

Kenneth Copeland MinistriesKenneth Copeland Ministries
Partner Advocate
17 Nov 2019

“It's an awesome place to work and the best job I've ever had.”

Cerity PartnersCerity Partners
27 Oct 2021

“It cares deeply about its clients and provides great training and career opportunities to all colleagues.”

Cotten Schmidt
2 Dec 2020

“We maintain a pleasant and enjoyable work place for our employees as we go about the important work of protecting our clients best interests.”

Cushman & WakefieldCushman & Wakefield
3 Jun 2021

“30 days Holiday + Bank Holidays; 10% Pension; good for lower level roles.”

John Lewis & PartnersJohn Lewis & Partners
Selling Partner
15 Jul 2021

“First year working at John Lewis Milton Keynes was good but went really down hill in the last few years.”

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