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An Empirical Study of Associate Satisfaction, Law Firm Culture, and the Effects of Billable Hour Requirements

Texas Bar Journal, January 2002

3 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2009 Last revised: 12 Nov 2009

Susan Saab Fortney

Texas A&M University School of Law

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Date Written: January 21, 2002

Abstract

This article considers billing practices, the effects of hourly billing pressure, and firm culture as reflected in a survey of associates in Texas law firms. Part I of this article reports the empirical information from the survey. This information includes insight into the toll an increase in billable hour requirements has taken on legal practitioners and the consequent affect on the legal field. Part II discusses what the data means and how it might be used to improve the outlook for attracting and retaining good associates.

Keywords: billable hours, firm culture, associate satisfaction

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Fortney, Susan Saab, An Empirical Study of Associate Satisfaction, Law Firm Culture, and the Effects of Billable Hour Requirements (January 21, 2002). Texas Bar Journal, January 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1492294

Susan Saab Fortney (Contact Author)

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