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I just started at a firm and I’m new to billing. I’m getting a steady stream of billable work but I’ve had some down time as well as non-billable required trainings/meetings. How do you meet billing requirements if you are not billing for some or all of your workday?

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It’ll come. You’ll have some crazy days to offset the slow ones.

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If you do good work--accurate, timely, reliable, written for your audience--you'll get more work. But, some days will always be slower than others. On slower days, build up your skills with CLE's, lunch with clients and colleagues, organize your office, contribute to client newsletters or a Blawg on an area of law that excites you, prepare for the days when you'll be in the office until midnight for several days.

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My experience of this is that you’ll just have to make up the time at some point during the quarter. Congratulations and good luck!

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It varies from firm to firm, but generally, as long as you do good work and keep your supervisors in the loop regarding your workload - especially in times when you’re light - it’s not the end of the world if you don’t meet the billable goal. Also, most firms have non-billable codes to track non-billable tasks and will look at that as well when evaluating your hours at the end of the year. Just make sure they can’t say at the end of the year that they didn’t know you needed more work.

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