It’s no secret there’s a mental health crisis in the legal profession, as documented by’s Minds Over Matters series. But how much of that is the result of the unrelenting pressure of the billable hour?

That was the question this interesting article sought to examine. One lawyer-turned-therapist said he hears often from his lawyer patients about the stress of the billable hour. A consultant described how associates often tell her they would be able to avoid professional burnout if firms would ditch the billable hour. And the article pointed to a few studies that suggest that lawyers who bill a lot of hours have more stress and are more prone to depression and alcohol abuse.

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