Like it or not, remote work seems to be on the way out in Biglaw.
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What I’m hearing from law firms — a real frustration is that law firm leaders do want people back in the office, and they want it for partners as well. I’m hearing by and large the partners are more on board than the associates. So in terms of the handful of partners we did place, in terms of positions, I think there will be even less [remote hires] because if firms are taking a slightly harder line with associates, they’re not going to want to hire someone [at the partner level] who doesn’t want to be in the office.

Lauren Drake, a legal recruiter and partner at Macrae in Washington, D.C., in comments given to the American Lawyer, on Biglaw firms’ desire to have associates and partners working from within their physical offices as they step away from pandemic-era remote work proposals.

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