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The tried and tested formula is clear: Associate starts at firm, is mentored by partner, learns how to practice law via said partner, and (hopefully for said associate) becomes partner. Easy. But what if the exposure an associate could get by working remotely for multiple partners across many offices outweighs the direct mentorship of a partner (or two) in their “home” office when it comes to development? What if face-to-face interaction said to be so important to development could be mostly replicated in video format and a shift in communication dynamics?

For some associates, working remotely, at least part of the time, might be a faster track to the build they need to become a partner themselves. 

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Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith, based in New York, covers the business of law, including the ways law firms compete for clients and talent, cannabis law and marketing innovation. Reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @nycpatrickd

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