Winter is Coming wrote: cfcm wrote:
beepboopbeep wrote:but like honestly if i could get paid $5k less to do the exact same work but never have to even track my hours, much less be aware of them, i'd take that in a heartbeat. one of the worst parts of the biglaw gig: not only do you give up such a huge percentage of your life, but you have to be really precisely aware of just how much you're giving
edit: I guess that's called going in-house or gov
Maybe I'm outing myself as a weirdo but I think this is the one super common biglaw complaint that I don't really understand. I'd say it takes me two minutes a day to do time entries, tops.
Dwo you not have to write-up a legit narrative of what you did? Ours goes straight to client pretty much, and clients won't pay for "did diligence." I don't think the process of timekeeping is all that bad, but it can be frustrating to be accurate while remaining honest.
If I'm billing more than 4 hours / day to a matter, it's 100% getting a "attended to deal matters" - if a deal near signing or closing, clients know what we're doing (as much as a client ever really knows what lawyers are doing) and aren't going to question anything. If I have a one-off task, I'll be specific because the unexpected $4,000 bill is the one a client is going to ask what the hell is this.
On the "pro-tip" above - save yourself the stress / paranoia and absolutely do not do that. Absolutely bill every second to a client that you are giving them your time, but if you're making up hours it's inevitable that eventually someone will ask you what the random hour was about, and I'm sure that's a situation nobody wants to be in.