Dear Jane: I Have Billable Hours But Not Enough Experience

by 352admin 28. February 2013 13:37

Dear Jane,

I am a fifth-year associate.  My mentor just pointed out that all the other litigation associates who are fourth year or above have taken and defended depositions.  I’ve done neither.  What should I do?


Just Billing My Hours


Dear Just Billing My Hours,

Billing hours is an essential, but not exclusive tactic to succeeding at a law firm.  Hitting the billable hour target means you survive, not that you will succeed.  Talk to your mentor about how to get skill-building assignments and put yourself in a position to both defend and take depositions.  Discuss a timeframe for achieving both goals and be purposeful in meeting the timeframe.  Think outside billable assignments and consider whether you can add these skills to your repertoire quicker through a pro bono assignment.

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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