Lawyer Wellness

Most dissatisfied lawyers work longer hours and report more burnout

  • Print

burned out woman

Image from

Burnout and long hours appear to be making life miserable for the most dissatisfied lawyers.

Lawyers work an average of 53 hours per week, according to a Bloomberg Law survey of 1,554 law firm and in-house lawyers. The 6% of lawyers reporting the lowest job satisfaction work even longer hours, Bloomberg Law reports here and here.

In-house lawyers with the lowest job satisfaction scores worked an average of 60.9 hours per week, while law firm lawyers with the most dissatisfaction worked an average of 57.8 hours a week. The most satisfied lawyers, representing 59% of the total, worked about 11 hours less than their dissatisfied counterparts at in-house jobs and about four hours less at law firms.

Burnout is also a problem. The most dissatisfied lawyers said they feel burnout 74% of the time, on average, while satisfied lawyers feel burnout 28% of the time.

The COVID-19 pandemic is also hitting dissatisfied lawyers harder. Thirty-nine percent of dissatisfied lawyers said they experienced a major decrease in well-being as a result of the pandemic, and 71% reported less work-life balance. But only 7% of the most satisfied attorneys reported a major decrease in well-being, and 39% reported less work-life balance.

Looking at the other side of the coin, Bloomberg Law determined that lawyers reporting high job satisfaction are more likely to have more practice experience, to work in-house and to say they aren’t currently feeling burnout.

Give us feedback, share a story tip or update, or report an error.