How many hours constitutes “full time” now?

The Blawgshere is abuzz with comments on this American Lawyer article “On Life Support.”

Here is the passage that caught my eye:

“In the 1970s, my dad, who was a partner at a respected California firm, made sure that our family spent most of each August river rafting, and that we took some fishing trips during the rest of the year. In 1963, the ABA considered 1,300 billable hours full-time.”

What?!?  1,300 hrs?!? 

As I tell myself all the time, if I really hated my hours, I can always quit.  There are no physical handcuffs keeping me at my job.  I hope that anyone who is unsatified with their legal job recognizes that truth.

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