August 25, 2014 | Volume XXII, Issue 2

LIC Notes: Billable Hours LexisNexis Surveys

Published: October 29th, 2012

Category: LIC Notes

Two recent LexisNexis law firm surveys attempt to understand better the gap between hours billed and actual hours worked. The first study, “Billable Hours,” asks “Does the ability to bill more of the time worked vary by state and size of firm?” The second survey, “Non-Billable Hours,” digs deeper to attempt to answer questions such as “What types of activities eat up the time attorneys work but don’t bill to clients?” and “Do attorneys at larger firms more effectively bill hours than their colleagues at smaller firms, or is billing efficiency more related to practice area versus firm size?” While neither study solves the issue, both produce interesting results that can lead to more robust conversations among and with students.

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