• Do you think you deserve to make partner in your law firm?
  • If you have one of the seven attributes outlined in this article, you might very well stand a chance at making partner.

How to Make Partner in a Law Firm

  1. You Have (or Look Like You Will Have) a Ton of Business the Law Firm Can Exploit
  2. You Are Connected to a Powerful Partner (or Group of Partners) with a Ton of Business the Law Firm is Exploiting
  3. You Are Connected to a Powerful Client (or Group of Clients) That Gives a Ton of Business to The Law Firm and Is Being Exploited
  4. You Have Worked So Incredibly Hard That to Not Make You Partner Would Demotivate Other Hard Working Associates the Law Firm Is Exploiting (Making the Ongoing Cycle of Exploitation Difficult for the Law Firm to Sustain)
  5. The Law Firm Is Being Shaken to the Core By a Series of Departures and Needs to Set an Example to Keep People Around That the Law Firm Can Keep Exploiting
  6. The “Partner” Title Is Meaningless
  7. You Have Some Sort of Expertise, Special Skill, or Connections the Law Firm Needs and Cannot Find Elsewhere

The Only Seven Reasons a Law Firm Will Ever Make You a Partner

Summary: Find out what you need to do to make partner in your law firm in this article.

Over the past few years, when I have been on airplanes or in other circumstances with limited entertainment options, I have seen several documentaries about the training of Navy Seals. Maybe it is related to the killing of Osama Bin Laden—I do not know. However, these training shows are so plentiful that I have concluded that anytime I am stuck somewhere with only a few channels of television to watch that a Navy Seals training documentary will be on.

Want to make partner in your law firm? Find out how in this article.

A recurring theme of these documentaries is that soldiers are forced to work so hard they give up, put down their helmets, ring a bell and quit the training. There are always multiple images of the bell and of helmets sitting next to the bell, as well as commentaries from remaining soldiers:

A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

“It just got too much for him and he could no longer cope.”

“They were hard on him but the Seals are only for the strongest.”

“It’s not easy being a Seal and that is why so many quit.”

The announcer, in a deep and serious voice, will then offer a few words about how many try and fail and that being a Seal requires an extraordinary amount of endurance to succeed.

In every class of recruits, many would-be Seals quit training because it is very, very difficult. On little sleep, you are forced to run long distances, hold your breath for extended periods of time, endure extreme cold and deal with all sorts of unreasonable stress that is not normal by any stretch of the imagination. At each step, recruits simply put down their helmets because it is just too difficult.