Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:In GDC's defense, the associates at GDC bill waaaaaaaay less on average than at any of the big NYC firms. Average billables were like 1750 for associates this year.
Contrary to popular belief, most of the elite firms have a similar number for average billables. Skadden's average is about the same, or maybe a touch higher this year. Granted, that is a firmwide number, so NY may be higher, but I don't think most people work as hard as they say they do. The problem with big law is that average billables doesn't speak to how many people are working any given number of hours.
Original anon here.
The 1750 number includes senior associates at GDC who bill a shitton. The number for junior associates was closer to 1400. I would be absolutely shocked if Skadden juniors billed that little. Also, Skadden must have had a slow year because the numbers I was hearing during law school back in 2011 were nowhere near 1750. Even during the financial crisis, I thought Skadden associates were billing up a storm (according to a friend who went there).