A critical (and too often neglected) skill (and discipline) of law practice is keeping accurate, detailed and contemporaneous time records. Therefore we are including as a course requirement that you record and report all the time you expend on the course (such as reading material assigned for class, written assignments, class time, meeting with us, and fieldwork). Your reporting of time expended will also assist us in making sure as the semester progresses that workload for the class is appropriate for a three credit course and also in documenting that ABA requirements have been met for substituting independent work for some of the weekly classroom meetings. (See ABA Standard 305: Study Outside the Classroom.)
Effective January 24, absent unusual circumstances, like real lawyers you must record your time either contemporaneously or at least on the same day. If you do record time in Clio after the date of your work, make sure that you re-set the date of the activity in the Clio dialogue box to reflect the date of the work rather than the default date of the day you record the time and make an entry under the Notes tab explaining why you did not record on the same day as the activity. (The Clio software records the date and time each entry is made so that the instructors can determine if you have not made an entry on the same day of the activity.)
If you have a smart phone, you can use the Clio app for your phone to record time even if you do not have access to an internet-connected computer. You can also download Clio Express to your computer to record time when you are not logged into Clio. You should record time expended in the kind of appropriate detail required for client billing. (See Drafting Bills Clients Love to Pay and Galvez v Cuevas.) Clio records time in 1/10 hour units so that 0.1=6 minutes (not one minute). 15 minutes can be record as 0.25.
Under "Description" for Time Entries in Clio
Use Class-Attend to record time actually in class
Use Class-Assignment to record time spent on assignments. If you work on multiple assignments on the same day, make sure you make different entries for each assignment.
Use Class-Reading to record time reviewing assigned readings. Make separate entries for each reading and specify the name of that reading in your entry.
Use Clio-Entry to record time spent entering your time on Clio, using the calendar, or other Clio functions.
Make sure you always associate a time entry to a Clio matter that contains your name. (If you associate a time entry to a matter such as All-Class, everyone in the course can see your time entry.)
Compliance with the time keeping requirement will be reflected in the portfolio component of your course grade. Under no circumstance should you falsify your time entries as to the date of the activity, the description of the activity, or the time expended. Falsification of time records (including “padded” reports of time expended) is viewed very seriously by bar disciplinary authorities (and of course by employers and clients). Likewise, submitting time records for this course that are false in any respect can be the basis for
Thus, for example, if on an occasion you have not done one or more assigned readings for a class, do not report that you have done so. (An explanation for incomplete class preparation is welcome but not required. We were once law students ourselves -- easier to believe for Professor Roberts than for Professor Cunningham!)