Law.com Blog Network

  • An Affiliate of the Law.com Network

    From the Law.com Newswire

    Sign up to receive Legal Blog Watch by email
    View a Sample

« Lauren Stiller Rikleen Nominated to ABA Board of Governors | Main | Why Today's Technologies Make Telecommuting a Viable Arrangement for Law Firms to Offer to Their Attorneys »

Above the Law Blog Finds Majority of Lawyers Would Choose to Work Fewer Hours for Less Pay if Given the Option

Read the results of a poll recently conducted by David Lat at the AbovetheLaw blog reporting that 51% of responding lawyers would be willing to work fewer hours for less pay if given the choice.

When asked what they considered a reasonable "work less for less pay" arrangement, attorneys suggested a reduced workload of either 1600 or 1800 billable hours, a nine-to-five job on weekdays without regard to billable hours, or three-day or four-day weeks.

Lat reported that "respondents were willing to cut their salaries dramatically to achieve work-life balance:

  • At the 1600-hour level, most respondents would be willing to accept a salary of $100,000 to $120,000, with a few outliers seeking $160,000 or more.
  • About half of respondents seeking an 1800-hour year were willing to accept a salary of $120,000 to $140,000, with the other half suggesting a range between $140,000 and $180,000.
  • Associates hoping to work nine-to-five without a billable hour requirement suggested salaries ranging from $100,000 to $160,000, with about three-fifths in the $100,000 to $120,000 range."

The results of Lat's survey are consistent with the results of an ABA survey we blogged about last July reporting a willingess on the part of associates to take pay cuts in exchange for reduced hours.

Submit Comments to This Post

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83455666169e200e5514a774f8834

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Above the Law Blog Finds Majority of Lawyers Would Choose to Work Fewer Hours for Less Pay if Given the Option:

Comments

Work life balance is what we specialize in and can be especially beneficial for all lawyers who are required to produce a certain number of billable hours.

Outsourcing routine responsibilities to our company creates an environment where they are more focused and less stressed.

Working in a law firm can get you all the money in the world, but no time to spend it.

Every time I see news reports like this, I am so happy I never did any time at Big Law. I will gladly suffer the slings and arrows of solo practice over zillions of hours so someone else can earn 20 times as much as I do. I still work hard, but I don't have to deal with the other hassles.

A primary demand on an attorney's time also flows from business development tasks. One such task is writing and contributing articles to publications in an effort to build a profile with prospects.

A smart way to accomplish this is to hire a legal ghostwriter, who can do the heavy lifting on a written piece.

Attorneys can then spend the time they save with those who matter more than their practice.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Search This Blog


Sponsors

Resources

ABA Top 100 Blawg

Subscribe By Email


  • Join the over 30,000 attorneys who receive either daily or bimonthly email updates of the latest posts added to the JD Bliss blog. You can unsubscribe at any time and your information will be kept strictly confidential

    Option #1: Daily Updates

    Enter your email address:

    Option #2: Bimonthly Updates

    Enter you email Address:

Questions? Get Answers!