Homework Assignments: Survey Finds Attorneys Bring Projects Home an Average of Nine Days Per Month

Jan 21, 2005, 00:00 ET from Robert Half Legal

    MENLO PARK, Calif., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite long hours at the
 office, many attorneys continue to burn the midnight oil once they leave,
 according to a new survey.  Attorneys polled said they give themselves
 homework assignments an average of nine days per month, or more than twice a
 week.
     The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a leading staffing service
 specializing in attorneys, paralegals and other highly skilled legal
 professionals.  It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes
 responses from 200 attorneys among the nation's 1,000 largest law firms and
 corporations in the United States and Canada.
     Attorneys were asked, "On average, how many days per month do you bring
 work home with you?"  The mean response was nine days.
     "Attorneys may prefer to stay late at the office rather than bring work
 home with them because of the importance of face-time in the legal
 environment," said Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal.
 "Law firm cultures are driven by billable hours and corporate departments
 expect easy accessibility to their lawyers, which can encourage attorneys to
 remain on-site.  However, working at home may also be required to keep up with
 caseload demands."
     "Attorney work hours are changing, though," added Volkert.  "Organizations
 striving to retain top talent are implementing practices that help lawyers
 find greater work/life balance."  In another survey by Robert Half Legal, 36
 percent of attorneys described their law firm's culture as "family-friendly."
 Volkert noted, "Flexible or compressed schedules, part-time employment and
 telecommuting are just a few options being introduced by law firms and legal
 departments."
 
     About Robert Half Legal
     Robert Half Legal is the legal staffing division of Robert Half
 International.  The company provides law firms and corporate legal departments
 with highly skilled professionals, including attorneys, paralegals and legal
 support personnel, on a project and full-time basis.  Robert Half Legal offers
 online job search services at www.roberthalflegal.com.
 
 

SOURCE Robert Half Legal
    MENLO PARK, Calif., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite long hours at the
 office, many attorneys continue to burn the midnight oil once they leave,
 according to a new survey.  Attorneys polled said they give themselves
 homework assignments an average of nine days per month, or more than twice a
 week.
     The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a leading staffing service
 specializing in attorneys, paralegals and other highly skilled legal
 professionals.  It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes
 responses from 200 attorneys among the nation's 1,000 largest law firms and
 corporations in the United States and Canada.
     Attorneys were asked, "On average, how many days per month do you bring
 work home with you?"  The mean response was nine days.
     "Attorneys may prefer to stay late at the office rather than bring work
 home with them because of the importance of face-time in the legal
 environment," said Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal.
 "Law firm cultures are driven by billable hours and corporate departments
 expect easy accessibility to their lawyers, which can encourage attorneys to
 remain on-site.  However, working at home may also be required to keep up with
 caseload demands."
     "Attorney work hours are changing, though," added Volkert.  "Organizations
 striving to retain top talent are implementing practices that help lawyers
 find greater work/life balance."  In another survey by Robert Half Legal, 36
 percent of attorneys described their law firm's culture as "family-friendly."
 Volkert noted, "Flexible or compressed schedules, part-time employment and
 telecommuting are just a few options being introduced by law firms and legal
 departments."
 
     About Robert Half Legal
     Robert Half Legal is the legal staffing division of Robert Half
 International.  The company provides law firms and corporate legal departments
 with highly skilled professionals, including attorneys, paralegals and legal
 support personnel, on a project and full-time basis.  Robert Half Legal offers
 online job search services at www.roberthalflegal.com.
 
 SOURCE  Robert Half Legal