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The recent most billable hours post, inspired me. What is your longest billable day? Mine was 56 hours straight with no break—and the partner was more than a jerk when I was saying no more at the 30 hour point. That was two 24 hour billable days back to back on my time sheet and on the bill, a 360 hour month, and 650 aggregated for two months. And it is one reason (of so many reasons) why this job can suck so much! At least I got a good bonus...

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Wtffff you were in the office for 2+ days without going home?

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I don’t think I’ve ever even been awake for 56 hours straight.

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Jesus that’s insane. I pulled 22.5 hours in a day once and that was crushing.

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I would’ve had to quit. (Seriously—I have a chronic illness that would make that very dangerous). What practice group?

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Not "billable" per se but I worked in a state legislature where some constitutional and budget deadlines were routinely met by taking the clocks off of the walls and pretending it was still 11:59pm until the morning.

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This is a competition I don’t want to win. Seriously, I would have quit or just gone to sleep and dealt with the consequences of that later (and by that, I mean I would have gone to sleep at least twice in that time period, like a normal human). Anything even close to 24 would be my limit. We aren’t robots, and as an associate, it’s honestly not my problem if the case is under staffed or mismanaged.

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I wish I would have quit, but I had a baby just about to be born and it was a new firm with the first time (and last time) working for this partner who I knew was considered important. Now I would indeed quit and tell him where he could shove it especially because he was not working hard along side me as a team. Times and perspectives change.

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36 billed (including travel time) for 2 depos plus preps back to back in 2 days.

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38 here with three briefs going at once as a first year.

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57 hrs for a closing in London for a debt deal.

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Yeah...not proud.

Around 12 I think. I've only worked for small firms, and their hourly requirements and expectations have not been high. Pays less as a result, of course.

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Why oh no

Bruh. My longest was only 38 hours (a whole team of us was up that long), though it was part of a streak of 18+ hour days.

At least you were working with a team—but that still sucks.

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[1/2] Hi all, I apologize because I know there have been posts on this bowl with similar subject matter recently, but I really need advice. I am at a risk of losing my job at the end of this month if I don’t make some changes to my work performance, specifically meeting my monthly billable hour requirement. My work and my work product is not an issue - my partner has repeatedly commended me on everything I produce, but my billable hours are seriously lacking.

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