Law firms do not wast any time living up to the “bill, bill, bill” system.  Partners expect you to bill the targeted billable hours (ranging between 1800 hours – 2400 hours).  Sounds innocent enough, right?  If you translate the targeted billable hours a year to billable hours a week, you would have to actually work longer to meet the billable hours.

According to the survey, it consistently shows that an associate must spend three hours in the office for every two hours of billable work.  Associates can’t simply bill time.  They strives to record, in their daily timesheet, each telephone call, mail and firm memos they have to read and respond, go to meetings, read legal publications, draft agreement, and eat lunch.  The result is relentless time-keeping from arrival to departure each day, and often at home again at night.

Being on the billing treadmill is exhausted.  In truth, most of the associates I know don’t like the billable hour.

Not necessary all your recorded billable hours consider billable.  Assume you work 2,520 hours and bill 1,800 hours.  If, for example, your  30 billable hours recorded in the timesheet are canceled by the partner for some reason, you would have to work 48 hours more ( 2,520 + 48 = 2,568 hours) and meet the targeted billable 1800 hours.

To help you understand the impact that a law firm’s billable hour expectations will have on your lifestyle, please click on the these following images.


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