Top 20 Things Every Lawyer Should Know

7. Five Rules of Vacation Days

  • First-years often start in October. Don’t even think about vacation days until January.


  • Most firms offer three weeks off. They expect you to take all three weeks, but for staffing and scheduling reasons, they prefer that you take it in one-to two-week blocks.


  • Don’t be surprised if you’re working on December 24 or 26—Christmas is a time of goodwill, but not necessarily toward associates. Same with Thanksgiving.


  • Submit your vacation request as early as possible. That puts you up front on the calendar, and it’s less likely that the partners will have a scheduled reason to say no.


  • Likelihood of a deal blowing up during your vacation: high.