Biglaw Associates Under ‘Constant Pressure’ To Bill, Bill, Bill

Ed. note: Welcome to our daily feature, Quote of the Day.

During slower periods, I feel constant pressure that I will be under my billable hour expectations, and it is difficult to relax and enjoy my free time. On the other hand, when I am billing enough hours to meet my annual requirement, the amount of work that I am doing makes it difficult to maintain relationships in my personal life.

— An anonymous DLA Piper associate, in comments given to the American Lawyer in its survey about what associates would change about the legal profession to benefit their mental health. Associates are increasingly worried about their billable hours as the threat of “performance-based” layoffs loom large across Biglaw.

Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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