Monday morning and the only thing that goes through my mind is wow I hate my job. Between the strict requirement of releasing billing time daily, high billable goal and I guess a heavy workload (and everything that comes with living through a pandemic) it’s hard to start my day excited for work. And I hate it. Makes me question why I’m doing this for a living.

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Totally understandable. I’m almost there. No quite at the “hate my job” stage yet but I’m feeling burnt out. I need a vacation or something.

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This is so relatable. I get the same feelings, and when I do I try to focus on any transferable skills I’m gaining from this job that I can take to another. Even if that skill is putting up with a job I hate and finding the resolve to push through it. Hang in there!

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Same here. I lay in bed forever on weekdays and on weekends, I get up super early because I’m actually excited about the day.

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The pandemic has definitely exacerbated this feeling. Everyday is exactly the same 🎶

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Hello, are you me?

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Hello, twin!

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I had the exact same feeling this morning. And last night. And every time I’m not so distracted that I inevitably think about work

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Yes!!

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I just started as a first year associate at a firm that does not have any organized pro bono, however there is an “uncapped” billable hours policy that would allow me to apply pro bono to my hours requirement. How would you suggest I go about getting into pro bono work? It’s my understanding it’s not done much at my firm.

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Where do we go to see what our billable hours goals are? Thanks!

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Anyone have slow months where you burn through a lot of your allotted pro bono/professional development hours to keep hitting minimum daily hours? The past few weeks have been like this for me. Should I be concerned (I.e., will this reflect poorly on me, come review time? Will I have dug myself too much of a hole if I keep burning my non-billable hours?) I’ve been asking partners if I can assist in any projects so I can fill my plate, but I’ve only gotten small (4-6 hour) tasks handed my way.

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I truly loathe billable time. Does Plaintiffs law have comparable annoyances?

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If you exceed your billable hours Monday through Thursday and don’t have much work to do on Friday, is it okay to leave early?

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I’m just starting up as a freelancer after years of being a full time agency employee. Any big watch outs before finalizing my contract? What about frequency of invoicing and defining billable time? Any guidance on freelancing dos and don’ts is much appreciated.

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I’m on an engagement with another associate. I’m fully booked (upwards of 60 hours a week every week of July), while the other associate hasn’t had billable hours for the last 3 months... engagement team has some changes they need to get pushed through to the wps, and I’m the better choice to push those updates (have more experience in wps and just better in general). But the other associate has availability and just gets paid to do nothing. Should I bring that up to someone? How and to whom?

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I’d be curious to hear about people’s chargeable/billable hours. What are your goals vs actual, best/worst years, etc. I’ve only ever worked at one regional firm so my knowledge is fairly narrow.

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Two of my really good friends at work have had their work dry up in the past few months (because of the Rona). I'm like two months ahead of them on hours, and they're worried about not making their minimum billable requirements. Feel sort of guilty and try to avoid talking about hours with them. I'm just hoping the firm doesn't give them trouble...

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Any thoughts on family law as a practice area? Got offered 110k plus bonuses with low billable hours requirement. I'm in Los Angeles. Not sure if I should get into it as a practice area though as I hear conflicting things. Any thoughts would help. Thanks

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In need of some billable work to do.

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How do you all track your billable hours? Want to move away from an excel sheet I manually update. Do you guys use software?

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Im a third year associate and I’m frequently asked to give presentations (on new case law, legislation, ect.) during a weekly meeting for my section. There’s a first year associate and a law clerk in my section who are never asked to present. Should I push back on this? Would it look bad if I delegate some of the work to the others? I spend a lot of non billable time prepping for these presentations...it seems unfair that I’m the only one who has to do them.

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I am considering transitioning from being a W2 employee to a independent contractor/1099. What are some important questions I should ask before making a decision? For context, I have been with my litigation firm for just over 3 years and have been barred for 4. I am doing fine, but I dislike the job and would like to reduce my hours (and get rid of some of the non billable work I have to take on). Ideally, I would transition to a job that I love, but I’m not sure what that is yet. Cont. below.

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Have any of the independent contractors in this bowl ever had a kick-back clause in their contracts - meaning, have you had to pay a rebate/kick-back based off of your previous year's billable time?

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I’m pretty sure colleagues at my firm are inflating their billable hours. Is this the norm? I suspect many of you will think this is obvious and/or that I’m naive but wtf? I find hitting 2200 is tough even with a good sized work load. Am I just expected to play the game? I don’t want to sound self-righteous but if most are lying just to make the requirement, then maybe the requirement should be lower.

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Do managers get raises based on their teams weekly billable hours?

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Went from a big firm to work for a smaller firm. The people in the smaller firm are protective of their work and are good by their work too. I no longer feel chaos or stress. I am treated with respect and my schedule is more normal. I am even working more billable hours than before, but it feels like a seamless experience. I don’t work then past 5pm or anything out of the ordinary for this time of the year. I am so grateful!

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The one best resource to nearby about case interviews ?

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Which profession is your spouse or SO in? Did their profession play a role in you wanting to be with them?

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I have an interview today with an agency that’s known to be terrible—would it be bad form for me to explicitly ask about their reputation for long hours and working every weekend?

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I just had an interesting thought. If this community was a community of doctors do you think there would be as much negativity / complaining about jobs / comparing total comp. etc? I’m school I was genuinely uninterested and pretty bad at science subjects so I didn’t pursue medicine. But I wonder sometimes, especially seeing others I know in the medical field, if becoming a doctor would have led to a happier life? What do y’all think?

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Pondering. How many creatives struggle with the imposter syndrome. And even though you get into this business because you have talent, how do you stay true to that and not listen to the haters/ cancel culture that makes you feel like an imposter. I feel like I’m not alone, but I’d love some advice on how you guys paddle your own creative canoe.

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Anyone else have someone in their life / work or personal/ who continually brags about “knowing how to set up a zoom meeting”? It’s month three of the pandemic. We all know how to set up a zoom meeting Karen.

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Planning to accept another job soon but have a scheduled 1 week vacation starting next week. When should I put in 2 weeks notice that I’m leaving? Is it a risk that they withdraw approval of my long-approved PTO? New job wants me to start ASAP so I’d feel bad delaying start dat over a month if the solution is to wait until after vacation to give 2weeks notice

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When your project sucks but you can’t roll off

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Looking for senior Data Analytics Associate. Role pays 110K for fully remote role for non profit in NYC. Let me know if interested. Minimum Requirements placed below

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