Hello, new poster here. I have a question about lawyer's hours. If the average firm requires 2,000 billable hours then over 50 weeks that amounts to 40 hours per week. So why does everybody say that lawyers work such long hours? Do they all bill 3,000 hours or what?
Two weeks vacation allows 50 weeks for working. Then subtract the yearly required pro bono hours (unless receiving court ordered attorney fees), holidays, weekends, sick days, personal days, time for required continuing education, seminars, etc.
Then consider the billable services:
Interviews, consultations and counseling, email, video conferencing, faxes, letters, phone calls, negotiation, ADR, research, discovery, filing forms, drafting documents, visiting incarcerated or invalid clients, bail time, travel, business meals, trials (including counterclaims, appeals, etc) etc, etc
and think about it some more.