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Could Associates Benefit From Continuing to Work Remotely?
There are a lot of factors to consider, including a long history of apprenticeship-style learning. But is it time for a change in thinking?
By Patrick Smith | March 12, 2021 at 05:01 AM
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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?
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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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