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Paul Hastings to put junior lawyers in cubicles in NYC office, but they will at least have windows

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In an unusual move for a major law firm, Paul Hastings is planning to put first- and second-year associates in cubicles when it moves to a new midtown Manhattan office in New York City next year.

The 12-cubicle pods in which the junior associates will work will be placed in prime windowed space at the end of floors of offices, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports.

That likely contrasts favorably, from the associates’ standpoint, with reconfigured office space that puts associates in the middle of a floor of offices, albeit with glass walls, like the set-up in Baker Botts’ office in Houston.

Barry Brooks, who chairs the New York office of Paul Hastings, says the new layout for junior associates offers “plenty of privacy,” in the form of glass walls and dividers between desks, as well as an open layout that promotes collaboration.

“I really do believe first- and second-years will benefit from true collaboration—they feed off each other,” Brooks told a Wall Street Journal reporter. “I don’t feel bad about it.”

The design of the new Manhattan office is also expected to help Paul Hastings make more efficient use of space generally, as detailed in a 2014 post,

See also: “Texas Lawyers Get Cubicle Christmas Thumbs-Up for ‘Calf Pen’ Holiday Hodgepodge”

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