BigFatPanda wrote:audrey hepburn wrote:Hello everyone,
Recently, everyone that I know and even on this forum have been warning me that as a lawyer I would have to work at least 70-80 hours/week. I know to make the most money you would have to, but do you guys know anyone or know if it's possible to work only 40 hours a week and make a decent living (70K +)? I'm looking to go into patent law but I really don't want my life to revolve around my work only. I'm willing to give up the 160K salary for a better quality of life.
Thanks in advance to everyone who responds.
I know three particular patent examiners who went to law school and remain with the patent office to become Patent Attorney for the BPAI. They are basically telling me that they averaged around 40-50 hours of work each week. Also, patent attorney is a GS15 employee with a patent office adjusted pay rate of around $130k (GS15 step 1) to $155k (GS15 Step 10) depending on the number of years worked for the Federal government.
Bear in mind, however, two of the three were former Primary Examiners and Supervisory Examiner (GS14 and GS15 respectively) and the third was a GS12 examiner.
To sweeten the pot, one of them is hoteling from his Palm Beach mansion (or some where close by) in Florida starting this biweek....talk about quality of life if you don't want to make partner at a law firm.
And from what i heard, most JAG attorneys do work 40 hour week because most of them are not litigating the heck out of themselves. However, you will need to run 3 miles in 18 minutes and do 20 pull ups to qualify for it
I'm pretty sure it's 3 miles in 28 minutes, if it were 18 there would only be competitive distance runners in the military You are right though, that working as an attorney for the federal government, military or civilian, will give you relatively reasonable hours and pretty competitive pay. For most federal attorney positions you start as a GS 11 (around 70k per year), and have pretty much automatic promotion to GS 15 (initially somewhere around 120k) over a few years, not bad for 40-50hrs per week, especially given the benefits, leave time, and job security.