In the not too distant past, lawyers considered their career to be much like a marriage. They stayed with the first firm they joined until they either made partner or did not. If not, they usually joined a smaller firm or hung up a shingle.

But these days, an increasing number of lawyers are opting for a less orthodox relationship more like an open marriage. Whether they are described as freelance, wholesale, contract or temp lawyers, the idea is similar they work for other lawyers on an as-needed basis, usually for an hourly fee.

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