Time Conversion Chart for Lawyers & Law Students

One of the more confusing things about being a lawyer—and especially being the client of a lawyer—is the everchanging landscape of time. Time for lawyers represents a commitment, something solid. In other words, something you need to soften up for some wiggle room later. Thus, when various times are thrown around—at court, in the office, among colleagues—there is a hidden meaning behind the nomenclature. Now may not mean now, next week may actually mean something quite different. Confused? Here’s a quick guide and time conversion chart to help you understand.

Unit of TimeMeasurement/Conversion
Immediately (if used by opposing counsel)No independent meaning
Immediately (if used by the court)48 hours, +/- 3 hours
1 hour (for lawyers)1.6 hours (1.0 billable, 0.6 unbillable)
1 hour (for law students)50 minutes
jiffy2 hours
about+/- 5 (of any unit of measurement)
on or about+/- 8 days
approximately+/- 2 if hours; +/- 8 if days
9:00 am11:25 am
start promptly atadd 2.3 hours to stated time; see also, approximately
forthwith4 days
fortnight14 days
next week17 days
early next week16 days, +/- 1 day
megasecond11.6 days
take under advisement1 year, +/- 3 months
four-hour final exam27 minutes*
two-day bar exam486 hours*

*has not been verified yet by independent sources

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