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billable hours

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:09 pm

So, how many actual hours would you need to work to hit 1950 hours?

Any biglaw firms with lower associate billable targets?

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Re: billable hours

Postby RaceJudicata » Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:24 pm

Anonymous User wrote:So, how many actual hours would you need to work to hit 1950 hours?

Any biglaw firms with lower associate billable targets?



"It depends."

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Monochromatic Oeuvre

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Re: billable hours

Postby Monochromatic Oeuvre » Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:59 pm

The number for percentage of hours that are billable has seemed to be reported at 65-80%, obviously with variance on either end from time to time. Others should feel free to chime in if they feel that's an incorrect characterization.

A few firms have low or no minimums. Unsurprisingly, they tend to be the firms with the highest average billables. It's not a helpful tool to guide you, except for Quinn, where it should be fairly obvious what you're signing up for.

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Re: billable hours

Postby BigZuck » Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:07 pm

OP- define what you mean by "work"?

As a first year some days I'm in the office for like 9 hours but only bill, like, 0.7. Some days I'm in the office for 11 hours and bill, like, 10.3.

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Re: billable hours

Postby Johann » Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:44 pm

over a year, probably safe to assume about 300 nonbillable activities for every 2000 billed including lunches, trainings, networking with colleagues, firm events, filling out expense reports, cleaning your office up etc.

if youre really active in the summer associates program can probably add another 100.


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Re: billable hours

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:38 pm

as a junior, i've averaged about 1960 billable and a total of ~2200 billable/nonbillable per year. adding time in the office that goes into neither category takes me up to at least 2400, probably more.



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