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He said something that finally registered with me. Associates in small firms have it hard. Basically, they feel lucky to have any kind of job. They are very likely making much less than associates in BigLaw positions. But here’s the real icing on the cake: They Bill A Lot More Hours.
As he told me his monthly hour requirement of 200 billable hours, it really hit home. Recent surveys show associate hours at BigLaw firms are down. He even noted a friend at a BigLaw firm whose annual billable hours were only 1500. Wow.
Add to this – his chance of becoming a partner are even lower than the poor chances of associates at a BigLaw firm.
- The constant bashing of associate life at BigLaw may be misdirected.
- A business model built on over-working people is a bad one whether it’s for a small or large enterprise.