Non-Partner Track Associates: Are They an Option for You?

In light of the changing legal landscape, many firms are changing their attitudes about traditional partnership models.  They are more open to hiring associates on the non-partner track.  Non-partner positions are increasingly attractive to firms who are under pressure from their clients to reduce their billing rates.  They are a good option for associates because it allows them to obtain meaningful legal experience with a reputable firm and creates more positions in an already tight legal economy.  Some non-partner attorneys might choose to remain in such a position long term, while others might use it as a springboard for securing employment with other firms.  If you find a firm hiring for the non-partnership track, don’t just pass it over.  Consider whether it might be the right fit for you and discuss it with your Career Counselor.