Biglaw Partner Uses Sabbatical To Do Normal People Things A Biglaw Schedule Doesn’t Allow


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It’s the most amazing and underrated perk to be able to do things like that instead of waiting until you retire.

— Al Saikali, a partner in Shook Hardy & Bacon’s Miami office, commenting on some of the wonderful things he was able to do during his three-month sabbatical from the firm, like taking his teenage daughter to the movies at noon. At Shook Hardy, lawyers are eligible for these sabbaticals every six years once they’ve spent seven years at the firm. Saikali also took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Middle East during his time away from the firm.


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