Celebrating 10 years! 2007-2017

Finding the elusive 32 hour/week job as attorney

Other than following the JeffM method of starting your own p sillydood05/07/17
Government employment. clocker105/07/17
This. I have a pretty stress free 9-5 at my agency. trollfeeder05/07/17
Criminal law for a small firm or solo. You'll get some 70hr thirdtierlaw05/07/17
I got offered a 9-5 at a RE firm in Manhattan. My brother wo 3lol05/07/17
Was the pay good? I assume there has to be a trade-off or wa loblawyer05/07/17
I don't know, I declined because I had already accepted anot 3lol05/07/17
bring in enough business that your firm doesn't care what yo dingbat05/08/17
Right. That's a pretty gross misinterpretation of the quest sjlawyer05/08/17
if someone were to ask me to find them a unicorn horn, I'd a dingbat05/09/17
I work 40 but telework one day per week. In my experience, y elle30105/08/17
Most government jobs are like 35ish with early Fridays. Stat karlmarx05/09/17
Let me know when you find it. Most office-based jobs are mrtor05/09/17
sillydood (May 7, 2017 - 2:13 pm)

Other than following the JeffM method of starting your own practice and being super frugal about it, what are the viable paths for attorneys to negotiate a 32/hour week schedule? Would it need to be corporate/in-house of some kind? Seems like with firms this would be unlikely.

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clocker1 (May 7, 2017 - 2:35 pm)

Government employment.

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trollfeeder (May 7, 2017 - 7:01 pm)

This. I have a pretty stress free 9-5 at my agency.

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thirdtierlaw (May 7, 2017 - 2:47 pm)

Criminal law for a small firm or solo. You'll get some 70hr weeks before a trial but most of the time you're just twiddling your thumbs till the next court appearance to resolve your cases.

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3lol (May 7, 2017 - 3:10 pm)

I got offered a 9-5 at a RE firm in Manhattan. My brother works for BigFed and has nice hours. He's currently on three months paid paternity leave.

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loblawyer (May 7, 2017 - 10:29 pm)

Was the pay good? I assume there has to be a trade-off or was this a unicorn job? I thought 9-5pm for any firm in NYC was practically unheard of.

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3lol (May 7, 2017 - 11:28 pm)

I don't know, I declined because I had already accepted another job which was a 10 minute commute and would allow me to expand my skillset. I doubt it was that stellar. Probably 70k?

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dingbat (May 8, 2017 - 10:51 am)

bring in enough business that your firm doesn't care what you do

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sjlawyer (May 8, 2017 - 3:56 pm)

Right. That's a pretty gross misinterpretation of the question though.

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dingbat (May 9, 2017 - 9:12 am)

if someone were to ask me to find them a unicorn horn, I'd ask if a narwhal tooth will suffice

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elle301 (May 8, 2017 - 12:45 pm)

I work 40 but telework one day per week. In my experience, you have to be careful about the 32-hr/part-time gigs because some will pay part time rates but expect full time work.

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karlmarx (May 9, 2017 - 9:48 am)

Most government jobs are like 35ish with early Fridays. State of ca are the sweetest, huge pension, very little work. At least calpers and board of equalization were that way.

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mrtor (May 9, 2017 - 11:14 am)

Let me know when you find it.

Most office-based jobs are going to require you be physically present for 40 hours, even if mentally absent. There are some related remote positions out there. Some claims adjuster positions are work from home or field-based. Depending upon your insurer, work load, and efficiency, you may be able to work light weeks. However, I think many are overloaded and have to put in extra hours.

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