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Advice for young attorneys dealing with non-billable workload? I’m still my first two months at my firm but a ton of the work I’m being assigned is non-billable. I understand if I’m not still fully on boarded but how are we supposed to keep up billables while being given time consuming non billable work?

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If you aren’t staffed up on billable matters yet say no to non-billable work at your own risk. At my firm you only turn down work when you are at capacity. If you are at capacity non-billable work is the first stuff you can start turning down. And you get to choose what to turn down. The smart partners are usually very kind to the associates who help them with non-billable stuff though. So be strategic. If the partner you really want billable work from wants help writing an article, help with the damn article.

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Account for all your non billable time. If you have to do it in an excel sheet then do so. So that if anyone questions you about “billable time” you can show the non billable you’ve been doing. Non billable time in the beginning is normal. If you’re getting non billable time that is causing you to not meet your billable hours and you have billable hours you can be billing talk to your immediate supervisor and explain to them the situation. Believe me the firm will eventually want you prioritizing billable time over non billable time.

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