Objection wrote:Objection - I've never heard anybody gripe about the fact that counted/tallied billable years for first years starts after they've been around at the firm for a while. I really don't see the detriment - it's more time to get integrated with the firm before expectations mount? I just don't see how it leaves you screwed at all...
To clarify what I meant:
Because you're being worked as if your hours are being counted/tallied. I lost over 300 hours BILLED for my one month at the firm prior to the reset. Do you think I would have billed 300 hours if I knew I wasn't going to be able to bank them? Would anyone who doesn't care about making partner?
And who cares about getting integrated with the firm? In big law, you either care about making partner, in which case integration might matter, or you care about billing enough hours to keep your job for 5 years to pay off loans but not so many hours you hate your life. I didn't care about making partner.
Also, an observation: I have said repeatedly that I understand big law for corporate more than I do for lit. Almost everyone in this thread defending big law has been corporate. Have any lit people spoken up in defense yet?
That's definitely an unfortunate situation, but I think you're wrong when you say most firms try to hide the ball, so to speak. My firm, and others that I have friends at, are very open at when the billable year begins and ends. In my case, I started in October, knowing that none of my hours in October/November/December would "count". It was great because we could do lots of trainings, meet with people during the day to get a feel for different departments and groups, and generally take the time to better understand the bigger picture/multiple aspects of a transaction (I'm in corporate), rather than just do the typical first-year signature pages and closing sets.
Also, this is not so much about "getting integrated with the firm" than it is having the time to pick up tons of knowledge that a) you would not learn about in law school and b) is going to be very useful going forward.