Anonymous User wrote:
smallfirmassociate wrote:I can't speak to that definitively, but I know that browsing the internet or reading a book at your desk while your students work on worksheets or read to themselves or take quizzes and tests is not "'billable' under any definition." I suppose it's possible you never, ever have any passive instruction time, but that seems unlikely.
Also, honest question, do people in BL really not bill any internet time? The occasional gchat with the wife that last 30 seconds? Checking twitter on your phone for a minute? Not asking what is ethical or what you should do, but does that really not happen?
The six-minute billing increment is not precise enough to indicate whether it happens. But yeah, it happens. Billing is an inexact science despite the overwrought attempts of our ilk through the years to adorn it with the trappings of pristine, raw data.
Of course, my theory is that all legal work is, at heart, done for a flat-fee plus or minus some acceptable deviation. When it comes to client retention, reputation, even taking on new clients, the bottom line (total bill) is what matters. It will be inquired about, it will be noticed, and it will be disputed. In other words, if a teacher decides to assign some reading tomorrow because she's sick and tired, and she relaxes during that time, then she just gained that time to herself without having to repay it (or repay it all, at least) later. If a lawyer does that, it just kicks the can down the road.