Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

In praise of working during the last week of the year

Most offices are ghost towns during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. With partners on vacation and annual billables already calculated, it seems like the perfect time for a young lawyer to escape, right?

Well, maybe. It’s certainly a good week to vacation without losing much “face time” if that’s important to you. I’d argue, however, that the last week of the year is an opportune time for young lawyers to go to work.

With fewer people e-mailing and calling you, it’s a great time to catch up on all of the things you’ve been meaning to do but haven’t had time.

Want to write an article for publication? Start researching. Have a stack of files that need to be archived? Clean house. Wondering what’s new with your old classmates? Spend some time on LinkedIn and Google. Wishing folks a happy new year is an excellent excuse to reconnect.

Of course, there’s also the perks of having unbridled access to holiday party leftovers, and, if you’re really lucky, skipping the suit and tie. A lawyer I know works in a position where vacation days, not billable hours, are counted.

Instead of taking off during the last week of the year, he “vacations in place” and saves his paid leave for the warmer months. No matter what your motive, I think working during the last week of the year could be the best week of the year to work.