I wish I had know about this prior to law school. Young associates have little control over their workload. Because partners are often too busy to delegate work, or maybe even because the work is a little slow, you may have ridiculously low hours one month. "Don't worry, it's not your fault" they tell you. But they don't tell you that they'll forever more pressure you into raising your average. And your average billable hours seems like the only number that counts, come bonus-time. I don't think I'm cut out for this kind of work. There is no happy ending when it comes to billables, and at the end of the day, it's all that counts. Even though the workload in litigation is supposed to be cyclical, it is always stressful. Setting aside the work, which is insanely stressful in itself, you have to stress about making your hours. Work a lot of hours, you're unhappy because you have no free time. Even when you get some free time, you worry about your hours suffering. Sure, take your weekends, but forget about enjoying them. Same with vacations. Because that's time you could have billed. That's time you could have shown them that you're a superstar, that you're a billing machine on a mission to rack up numbers. Give me a results oriented job. I can get the job done, and it will be done efficiently and effectively. How long does it take? I could care less, I will do the job. I will not rest until it is done. Afterall, I'm a hard working guy. But once my job is done for the day, I want to go home, and enjoy my free time guilt free. If there is nothing that needs to be done, I'll make myself available, but I'm going to surf the net all day, and clock out on time, and not worry about having to make up those hours the next day. Anyway, rant over. Please call me a crybaby and order me to get back to work. Hours don't bill themselves.