Partner Track: How to Go from Associate to Partner in any Law Firm [NOOK Book]

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Though making partner is a dream for many attorneys, the track can be riddled with potholes. And according to The Wall Street Journal, more than 30 percent of law firm associates leave their firms by the end of their third year when they realize making partner is still years away. Competition is wild for available slots—and in our shaky economy, lawyers are seeking an even stronger advantage to keep their jobs and reach their maximum potential.The Partner Track imparts useful advice on how to cruise the partner ...
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Partner Track: How to Go from Associate to Partner in any Law Firm

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Overview

Though making partner is a dream for many attorneys, the track can be riddled with potholes. And according to The Wall Street Journal, more than 30 percent of law firm associates leave their firms by the end of their third year when they realize making partner is still years away. Competition is wild for available slots—and in our shaky economy, lawyers are seeking an even stronger advantage to keep their jobs and reach their maximum potential.The Partner Track imparts useful advice on how to cruise the partner track at large and small firms. Author Ennico briefs readers on what it means to make partner; why some succeed and others fail; how to size up employers; how to survive the first two years at a firm; and job options for those who don’t make partner. This deep-dive into the realities of law fi rm life, and how to work within its boundaries, is ideal for associates with up to six years of experience; recent law school grads; and third year law students. The Partner Track grooms readers to make a lasting impression on those who count.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607146018
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Sold by: Kaplan, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 842 KB

Meet the Author

Cliff Ennico graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University - School of Law, where he was Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.During the 1980s, he worked on Wall Street, where he specialized in corporate finance, venture capital, and securities law. After a brief stint as in-house counsel for General Electric Capital Corp., he worked as a corporate lawyer for two Connecticut law firms before launching his own practice Fairfield, Connecticut.Since 1990, Cliff has produced a series of informational products on legal career management, including Legal Job Interview, The Business Lawyer's Handbook, and Your Legal Career. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the New York State Bar Association’s handbook on New York corporations, and edits the “Small Business Legal Forms” series of treatises for the West Group.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Selecting the Right "Starter" Law Firm: Five Questions You Should Ask Before You Join Your First Law Firm 1

Chapter 2 Sizing Up the Partner Track at Your Law Firm 21

Chapter 3 The Four Reasons Why Anyone Makes Partner 35

Chapter 4 Surviving the All-Important First and Second Years 51

Chapter 5 Years Three and Four: Should You Make a Change? 81

Chapter 6 Years Five and Six: Time for Another Re-evaluation 101

Chapter 7 Years Seven to Whenever: Making It at a Large Law Firm 115

Chapter 8 Years Seven to Whenever: Making It at a Small to Mid-Sized Law Firm 135

Chapter 9 Should You Consider "Permanent Associate" Status? 151

Chapter 10 Should You Consider "Contract Partner" Status? 159

Chapter 11 Building Your Own Partner Track: Six Rules for Making Partner at Any Law Firm 165

Chapter 12 Congratulations, You're a Partner. Now What? 177

Chapter 13 The Best Career Advice You Will Ever Get 191

Appendix A Surviving Office Politics and Getting Ahead in Your Legal Career 197

Appendix B Suggestions for Further Reading 225

About the Author 229

Index 231

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

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    Savvy guide on how to become a corporate law firm partner

    Attorney Cliff Ennico is an expert on what it takes to become a partner at a corporate law firm. In this insider's career guidebook for young lawyers, he explains that making partner has little to do with your good work (though one sizable mistake will sink your prospects) and everything to do with whether the partners, associates and staffers like you. If they don't, you stand a better chance of growing wings and flying backward to Neptune than of making partner. If you are willing to work 100-hour weeks for years, handling boring, technical legal matters, and if you are goof-proof, congenial and a bit Machiavellian, in 10 to 15 years you may become a partner. Ennico provides worthwhile recommendations on what you must do to grab that brass ring. getAbstract thinks his savvy book will improve your odds of joining the partners' ranks, if you have the stamina (and don't come to your senses before the race is run).

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