The billable hour is a cancer that will slowly eat away at you if you don’t get away from it quickly enough.
— a Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath midlevel associate’s comments on the billable hour in the American Lawyer’s 2022 Midlevel Associate Survey. Over three-quarters of survey respondents said their jobs had “significantly” affected their mental health, and more than half said they’d turn in their resignations to get more work-life balance.
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