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Career Center Survey Results: Who Labored on Labor Day?

Almost half (48%) of Career Center survey respondents said they were too busy billing on the Labor Day holiday to fire up the barbie. That’s more than the 35% of survey respondents who reported working on the Fourth of July, but less than the 73% of respondents who worked on Presidents’ Day, and the 66% of respondents who worked on MLK Day.

The most popular reasons given for skipping out on the Labor Day celebrations were:

56% said that nobody specifically asked them to do work, but they had work they needed to get done. 29% said a partner or associate asked them to do work. 14% said a client asked them to do work. 10% said they needed the hours. 7% said everyone else in their office was working. 3% said that Labor Day is not recognized as an official firm holiday.

Now let’s find out in which practice areas and at which Biglaw firms associates were most and least likely to work on Labor Day….

Labor Day was no holiday for most intellectual property attorneys, 63% of whom reported working. By contrast, only 20% of trusts and estates attorneys said the same.

According to the survey results, at which Biglaw firms was Labor Day most likely to be just another work day? Wilson Sonsini, DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells, and Clifford Chance.

On the other hand, these Biglaw firms had the highest percentage of associates taking the day off: Shearman & Sterling, Cahill Gordon, Davis Polk, and Ropes & Gray.

For more information about these, and other top Biglaw firms, check out the updated law firm profiles at the Career Center, powered by Lateral Link.

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