How the hell do you bill your time...?

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thisismyname
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How the hell do you bill your time...?

Postby thisismyname » Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:45 pm

Started working for a firm a couple weeks ago as an intern. I'm a 2L. The firm is having me Bill my time. I'm working hourly for the school year and then get paid at market over the summer. As I was going through my hourly time sheet vs. My billed time, I noticed I am billing about 3/4 of my time. I can't tell if that is high or low. I'm literelly just doing r&w. I couple memo's and a brief. I've been using a timer for when I'm actually working (not simply familiarizing myself with the topic). Should I be putting down the time I'm familiarizing myself with the topic? I'm completely ignorant with billing. I just don't want to look like an idiot with my supervising partner.

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kalvano
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Re: How the hell do you bill your time...?

Postby kalvano » Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:05 am

Yes, review counts as well. If you're touching a matter in some way, bill it and let your supervisor decide what to cut. Just describe it well enough so they know what you did.

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Re: How the hell do you bill your time...?

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:39 am

Agreed you should bill everything, but 75% also doesn't seem ridiculously low. The billable hour makes you realize just how much time you spend at work not working.

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AVBucks4239
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Re: How the hell do you bill your time...?

Postby AVBucks4239 » Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:18 pm

I'm a big fan of this Chrome extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/deta ... urce=gmail

Bill everything and break it down by what you're doing. Print it at the end of the day and then organizing your billing at the end of the day/week will be easy.

lawschoolftw
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Re: How the hell do you bill your time...?

Postby lawschoolftw » Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:59 am

Yeah, definitely bill for any minute you're thinking/working on something. It's normal at first to be hesitant about billing time, but don't be. The billing attorney will decide if/when to cut time. As a partner at my old firm once told me, "I've never heard anyone complain about a law clerk or an associate spending too much time on something, but I've heard people wonder aloud what a person is doing all day when they're in the office for 10 hours but only bill 6".

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Re: How the hell do you bill your time...?

Postby drs36 » Thu Feb 05, 2015 11:06 am

Takes a little while to get used to. But everything everyone has said is on point. I was always hesitant about billing a 3 minute e-mail or quick phone call. Then, as everyone has pointed out, you realize that the billing partner takes care of filtering non-chargeable work. So just bill it all and let him/her figure it out.

Thanks AV for that Chrome extension. Going to start using that; we have a stop watch in our billing software but it's insanely inconvenient to use.




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