Partnership – Is it for you?

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Written by Allison Wolf


This month my article for SLAW is all about partnership. For many associates these days partnership is no longer an attractive goal.

Many young lawyers look at partners’ lives and don’t see the appeal. The long hours, the burden of administrative tasks, and the high-stress levels don’t have much of a draw.

What if partnership offered more than this?

What if stepping into partnership meant greater agency over your career and a way to help create a better work environment for others?

There are many questions to help guide your reflection on the partnership question. If you only base your decision on how the previous generation approached partnership, you could be missing out on a valuable opportunity.

The starting point is getting to know yourself better.

I have compiled some coaching questions to consider. Read the full article on SLAW here.

Across Canada, visionary law firm founders and partners are transforming law firm culture and if you are unsure or undecided, I encourage you to speak with a trusted external mentor and advisors as you consider these questions and don’t discount the partnership track too quickly.



About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at allison@shiftworks.ca or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.

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