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How many real hours does it take to reach 8-10 billable hours? First year associate here wondering what a 8-10 billable hour day would look like now that I’m seeing my workload ramp up slowly but surely.

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I think this really depends on the type of project you’re working on. When I’m on a large and time consuming project, I find that my billable hours are fairly close to the actual hours worked. When I am working on multiple (but less time consuming projects), it gets a lot harder to avoid gaps in the day. There’s a lot of stopping/starting different projects and wasted time in between. In those cases, it’s usually 10-12 hours for an 8-hour day.

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