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Student Name: _______________________
Time Sheet #: ________ Due: ___________

                            HOW WAS TIME SPENT IN THE RECORDING PERIOD?
DATE             LR   NLR    OBS    CC   W    DISC   ORG     CONV    CLER    OTHER             NOTES

The categories on the form are:

Legal Research: This includes computerized or book research on cases, statutes, regulations, and so on.

Non-legal research: This includes things like checking out information on the world wide web, going to
public records to collect information, making phone calls to gather information, and so on. Although the
legal research and non-legal research categories may blut, I want a general ideal of how much time you
spend on “traditional” legal research as opposed to looking to other sources or gathering other types of

Observation: This encompasses time for which you primarily are observing, rather than performing, a
particular task, although time in this category might include taking some notes for your supervisor or
being ready to hand over appropriate documents.

Client contact: This includes any time you are communicating with a client yourself orally, for example
by interviewing, answering questions, or explaining things. If your supervisor is conducting the
interview, put the time under observation, even if you ask a question or two. If it is really a joint
interview in which you are playing an active role, put it under client contact. If you are drafting a letter
to a client, list it as writing.

Writing: Record here time spent on any form of writing—legal memos, legal documents, client letters—
at any state in the process—initial draft, editing, revising, proofreading.
Discovery: This includes drafting of discovery requests, preparing responses to discovery, reviewing
documents, preparing for depositions, and digesting depositions. Although drafting a discovery request
is writing, put it in this category.

Organization in support of legal work: Record here time spent on things like reviewing and organizing
client files or working on a system to retrieve sample pleadings—any type of organization that requires
some legal knowledge and judgment, as opposed to a merely clerical task like photocopying.

Conversations/conferences with supervisor or co-workers: Include here all time spent talking with your
supervisor or co-workers. If you want to differentiate between time spent on clarification of
assignments and feedback versus other conversations, make a note in the final box.

Clerical: Include here things that do not require legal training or much exercise of professional judgment
such as photocopying, answering phones, delivering pleadings to the court, and so on. If you
occasionally pick up a call and take a message, you do not need to separate that out, but if you spend at
least fifteen minutes on clerical/administrative duties of this sort, please record that time.

Other: If what you did does not fit in any of these categories, list the time here and note the activity.

The “Notes” section at the end provides space for you to give a little explanation on what you were
doing on the particular day or to explain what “other” includes in this case. This, of course, can be
expanded in the journal if you would like to comment further.

So to review the categories and abbreviations:

Legal Research/LR                                         Organization in support of legal work/ORG
Non-legal Research/NLR                                    Conversation/CONV
Observation/OBS                                           Clerical/CLER
Client Contact/CC                                         OTHER
Writing/W                                                 NOTES—explanation or expansion

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