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Any advice on how to ask how long an assignment should take? I want to be thorough but I also want to make sure I’m not taking too much time to turn something around. I feel like it’s be nice to have a benchmark (how long it might take an experienced attorney) to keep in mind but am afraid the wrong phrasing might make me sound lazy.

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It is completely normal to ask the assigning attorney how many hours they would like you to spend on it. Especially with research assignments where you could easily spend endless hours on it. They may say something like “if you’re not finished with it after 8 hours, circle back and let me know where you’re at.” They want to be cognizant of how much time they are billing the client for, and you want to be sure that you are spending your time effectively.

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I used to ask "for my benefit, how long do you think this should take?" Tbh I stopped asking bc the partners I work with are horrible at guestimating 😅

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They're just as bad 😅😅😅

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I’ll ask if they’d like me to check in after a couple hours. Or, I’ll ask how long they’d like me to spend on the issue.

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