Despite long hours at the office, many attorneys continue to burn the midnight oil once they leave, according to a new survey. Attorneys polled said they give themselves homework assignments an average of nine days per month, or more than twice a week.
The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a leading staffing service specializing in attorneys, paralegals and other highly skilled legal professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 200 attorneys among the nation's 1,000 largest law firms and corporations in the United States and Canada.
Attorneys were asked: On average, how many days per month do you bring work home with you? The mean response was nine days.
"Attorneys may prefer to stay late at the office rather than bring work home with them because of the importance of face-time in the legal environment," said Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal. "Law firm cultures are driven by billable hours and corporate departments expect easy accessibility to their lawyers, which can encourage attorneys to remain on-site. However, working at home may also be required to keep up with caseload demands.
"Attorney work hours are changing, though. Organizations striving to retain top talent are implementing practices that help lawyers find greater work/life balance."