Sadly, the chances of making partner these days at a large firm are slim - even in a booming economy. There are many factors that come into play as to whether someone is promoted to partner, including likeability of candidate, potential of candidate to bring in business, political savvy of candidate, candidate's practice area, hours candidate billed over the last 3+ years, and the economics of candidate's firm. In the case of a large firm's branch or satellite office, you also need to consider the office's overall reputation within the firm. It is important to consider whether the partners in your office have the ''pull'' to help advance your career. If the firm has routinely promoted associates in your office to partner and this happens to be an ''off'' year due to the economy, then my best recommendation would be to stay put but explore other opportunities as a precaution.