Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:[quote="Anonymous UserNot OP, but I'm a 1st year litigator. At work for ~12 hours/day. Bill anywhere from 10-12 of that. Efficiency depends on meetings, lunch (in/out/CLE/etc), and other random events. My monthly average is ~220 billed. No weekends in the office, but occasional work from home if something comes up (usually I'm told to wait until Monday, though).
Wow, no weekends? That goes against everything I've heard. Vault range/location?
How do you like your co-workers/bosses so far?
Somehow I just doubt this.
There are 52 weeks in a year, about 10 holidays, and 2 weeks vacation. That leaves 48 weeks. or 240 days. Even if you billed 10 hours every day (hard to do EVERY DAY)- that's only 2400 billiable hours. Either you are padding your billing, lying about working weekends, or lying about time at the gym or eating out. And- unless your significant other also is a young lawyer at a big law firm or a resident fresh out of law school- no SO would put up with your hours and think they were in a relationship. I'm not saying you can't do all those things- just saying you can't do them and bill a legitimate 2400-2600 hours.[/quote]
[/quote]=Thats interesting I dont remember him saying that he takes 2 weeks off a year? I am assuming you mean 10 DAYS off for holidays? The firm I am at got the Friday/Monday off for xmas thats it. So he is likely looking at working closer to 50 weeks out of the year. He is in litigation so while he NORMALLY works 10/12 hours a day there will be times when shit actually gets to the in trial stage and his hours will double. Please correct me if its not like that for you (op). Also, I work 8am-7pm 5 days a week and hit the gym before work every day(get there at 6am). I have a gf that I live with and we do great, why is that not possible? So dont come in here and give this guy a hard time, or call him out, when he is just here to give useful info as a favor.[/quote]
Actually he said to wait until after reviews to take your vacation? And are you suggesting billing 2600 hours a year without taking any time off? Do you bill 2600 hours a year and take no vacation (10 days)- Do you bill 10 out of your 11 hour day every day for 50 weeks a year? Look I'm not syasing it can;t be done, but to tell a newbie 0L or even a 1L or 2L that life will be really manageable in a 5 day week without pain is just misleading- and I HAVE been there. (Besides your 6 am trip to the gym and leqaving for home at 7 really means you are putting in a 13 hour day, and have maybe 3 hours of down time when you get home each night)