How Many Hours Do Associates at Law Firms Work?

Students often wonder how many hours they will be expected to work or bill for a law firm.  According to the 2011-2012 NALP Directory of Legal  Employers, for firms with 50 or fewer lawyers, the most recent average number of hours billed was 1,761.  The average number of hours worked, including both billable and non-billable tasks, was 1,912.  Of course, these are only averages, and every law firm with have its own culture or pace.  To assess work load and billable hours, consider speaking with current associates at the firm to explore what type of work-life balance they have.