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.
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Partner Career Path
Learn how to become a Partner, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.