Of counsel attorneys are lawyers employed by firms who are neither associates nor partners. This category includes retired partners and technical specialists. The role could be compared to working as an adjunct professor at a university. Like all attorneys, of counsel lawyers are required to hold a Juris Doctorate and to pass their state’s bar exam. Demand for attorneys remains strong, although competition is high as the number of law school graduates continues to exceed the number of new positions. Graduates of highly ranked law schools, as well as those with many existing clients, are highly sought after.