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Career Center Survey Results: Who Worked on Thanksgiving Day?

According to the over 900 respondents to the Career Center survey, only 16% reported working on Thanksgiving Day. That means a whopping 84% of you took the day off for feasting with family and friends. However, of these respondents, 24% said they did have to work the day after Thanksgiving, but still, that’s an impressive 60% who took full advantage of the four-day weekend.

If you’ve been following our holiday surveys this year, Thanksgiving Day is the clear winner so far. Just compare the 16% of survey respondents who worked on Thanksgiving Day with the 48% of survey respondents who worked on Labor Day, the 35% of survey respondents who worked on the Fourth of July, the 73% of respondents who worked on Presidents’ Day, and the 66% of respondents who worked on MLK Day.

The top reasons for missing out on the Thanksgiving festivities were….

  • 42% said that nobody specifically asked them to do work, but they had work they needed to get done.
  • 35% said a partner or associate asked them to do work.
  • 19% said a client asked them to do work.
  • 13% said everyone else in their office was working.
  • 7% said they needed the hours.

In which practice areas and at which Biglaw firms were associates most likely to make Thanksgiving Day a working holiday?

Intellectual property attorneys were hard at work again, 23% of whom reporting that they worked. But not too far behind were tax attorneys (22%) and corporate attorneys (21%).

In terms of Biglaw firms, more than 50% of survey respondents at each of the following three firms said they were busy billing on Thanksgiving Day: Shearman & Sterling, Linklaters, and King & Spalding.

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