The number of law firms willing to hire fully remote associates on a case-by-case basis is inching upward. But none has yet followed Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan with a blanket “work from anywhere” policy, suggesting that most firms and associates are content with hybrid arrangements once the “new normal” finally arrives.

Fenwick & West and Latham & Watkins acknowledged a willingness to consider talented remote candidates to fill areas of need, according to spokespersons for the firms. These two firms join others such as Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Goodwin Procter, Perkins Coie and Husch Blackwell who’d previously spoken publicly about this policy shift. Kirkland & Ellis is also making “out of footprint” hires, according to several recruiters, even if the firm declined to comment, and there’s reason to believe other top firms are doing so as well.

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