24/02/2013 at 17:53PM
I think it largely depends what type of lawyer you go into, my mother-in law is a lawyer and she has 9-5 job.
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21/02/2013 at 15:35PM
This depends on what type of law firm you are looking at or if you are looking to work "in-house". US Law firms expect long hours, which can have targets of "billable" hours of 8.5 hours per day! This does not include any time to do admin etc. West End boutique firms have a slightly better work life balance. Any firms that are highly rated for the type of law they practice willusually expect you to give up evenings / weekends as and when required. Should you secure a role working in industry (Coca-Cola etc) then the hours would be more in keeping with a standard office job. Basically if you have aspirations and want to work for a law firm of any note you will work considerably longer hours than most other industries. Typically you are looking at 9am to 8pm as an average.