A recently released NALP survey confirms what many working attorneys have likely seen in their firms. Although the vast majority of firms have part-time work options (sometimes called work-life balance programs), very few attorneys are actually using them. In fact, over the past year that small number even declined. According to the NALP survey:
In 2011, nearly all law firm offices, 98%, allowed part-time schedules, either as an affirmative policy or on a case-by-case basis, but as has been the case since NALP first compiled this information in 1994, very few lawyers are working on a part-time basis, even though the percentage of offices allowing part-time schedules has increased from 86% over that time period. In 2011, just 6.2% of lawyers were working part-time, compared with 6.4% in 2010, and most of them, over 70%, were women.
Although working part-time is an attractive career alternative for making working lawyers, the results of this survey certainly call into question the viability of actually putting your firm’s work-life balance program into use.
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