Corporate or litigation, which is easier to reach billable hour requirement? In other words, which is easier to bill a lot annually? Comparably speaking.

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I think people are surprised to learn litigation is more consistent and less fire drills. You can see court deadlines coming from weeks away. Very few ex parte or emergency motions. Corporate fire drills happen any time once there is a handshake agreement by the business people.

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Very true, how to be a good/ok Junior Corporate associate?

Litigation will have fewer fire drills, but from my perspective, it’s easier to “bill” hours in corporate. At my V30 firm, clients scrutinize litigation bills. You can’t just bill a large chunk of hours to “attention to X” like corporate associates do or even an 8-hour block to “draft motion to dismiss.” We generally have to break things down to research X, research Y, draft section of summary judgment motion re X, etc.” This sometimes leads to litigation associates feeling pressured to write down their own time when you have to record how long each individual task took. Also, I’m willing to guess that all those threads you see in here of juniors asking “can I bill for waiting for comments” (and some commenters saying yes…) are all from corporate associates—that would never fly for my cases.

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If it’s the middle of the day you can’t bill for waiting for comments but if it’s 10pm and the only reason I’m up / logged in is because I have to turn those comments as soon as they come in even if it’s 2-3am yes it’s billable

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Litigation is easier. There’s always work.

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Litigation is easier, there are more frequent lags in corporate

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Litigation has fewer fire drills (subject to the partner you’re working with) but agree with it being easier to bill hours in Corp. in addition to the lack of block billing discussed above, I am burnt out for the day after 7 billable hours in research/drafting. There are fewer calls compared to corporate and I’ve found that a lot of BL firms outsource doc review, so there really isn’t too much work that requires less brainpower.

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Also fewer fire drills doesn’t mean consistent. I just know when my 300 hour months will be and when my 50 hour months will be months or even years in advance.

Depends on corporate group, I’d say a busy finance or funds practice would be easiest/most consistent without being painful like M&A

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