An alternate track in biglaw?
July 13, 2010 4:04 PM Subscribe
I know there are a bunch of lawyers in this community. I wonder if any of you are on "alternate tracks" or "alternative schedules". Or, if you are some other kind of professional who typically bills by the hour, if you can help me come up with a proposal.
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I've asked to go on an "alternate schedule" at my large law firm. I have the support of the people who matter - those I work with, management, etc. They've asked me to craft a "creative" proposal for what I'd like. I plan to offer two proposals -- one is a"reduce my billable hour goal by X%, reduce my salary by same percent." The other is.... something else, but I'm not sure what.
What I want is to come to work, work hard for 40 hours a week, and get paid, and then go home. I don't want to feel like a failure because I'm not meeting the "goal" set by the firm. The management is open to listening because there's so much focus lately on "project billing" and "alternate fees". The problem is that no one has been able to figure out how to compensate associates for anything other than their hours.
Any suggestions? If I suggest a straight up salary for forty hours in the office, how to I show that this would be profitable for the firm? I'm having trouble thinking outside the box.
Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.