Billable Hours — Bad for clients?

The blogosphere has been abuzz with the results of a survey done by a group called “Law Students Building A Better Legal Profession.  Here is the group’s blog describing it as “a national grassroots movement of law students committed to improving the quality of life at large private law firms.”  There are breakdowns of the demographics of large firms in various US cities.

What caught my eye today was a blog entry about the “Costs to the Profession,” specifically, to clients, firms, attorneys and their communities.   I agree with what they say about working long hours… I mean, I can see how working long hours occasionally on a file where there is a time deadline or a big task, but to regularly work those long hours…do you want to be the client who pays for sloppy work that was done in the last hour of a 14 hour work day?

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