Clio’s 2017 Legal Trends Show How Little Attorneys Get Done in a Day

Clio’s Legal Trends Report just came out, and the results are pretty stark.

According to their 2017 trend report, here are what 60,000 attorneys spend most of their days doing:

  • Lawyers spend only 2.3 hours daily on billable tasks (29 percent of an eight-hour workday).
  • On average, lawyers collect only 1.6 hours daily when collection and realization are factored in.
  • Lawyers spend nearly half of their day (48 percent) on office administration (billings, bookkeeping, technology and so on).
  • They spend about one-third of their time on marketing, which “suggests earning new clients is a constant concern.” (Well, duh.)

Now, Attorney at Work looked deeper into these numbers, because statistics are only as helpful as the people deciphering them. That administrative time is split between “licensing and CLE, office administration, billing tasks, and configuring technology, with a smaller amount of time spent on collections.”

How Legal Staff Can Help

The most important part of this entire piece is that “lawyers often think it’s cheaper to do all their own stuff rather than hire someone.” Look at the statistics and how much time attorneys are losing throughout the day. We haven’t even gotten to the 25% of the day where attorneys are just getting distracted — by their own design.  By their smartphones or social media or just doodling on a piece of paper or by whatever other interruption.

So that’s a quarter of the day just — gone. Three quarters of the day left, and then only 2.3 hours are spent on billable tasks, while 1.6 hours are spent on collection. The rest is spent on office admin and marketing.

Looking at all of those numbers, it seems like some help wouldn’t go amiss. SuitsOn Staffing can provide that. Our legal staffing service would be able to supplement those firms with the help they need to bolster their numbers. Lawyers would be able to spend far more than 2.3 hours per day on billable tasks or 1.6 hours on collections. They could actually focus on being lawyers. When you think about how much more money would be brought into an office by someone generating more revenue, it makes sense to hire more people rather than try to get by without the extra help.


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