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Return to Office Makes a Big Difference for Budding Lawyers

Ms. Singh, too, appeared to be beneath extra stress. “I came in every day this week,” she mentioned, estimating that she was arriving at work between 8:30 and 9 and staying till 6 or 7. “The hours have been a little longer than I expected.”

But she appeared more and more dedicated to the office. “It’s good to have face time, even if it’s with one person,” she advised me.

The day earlier than, she had turned in a due-diligence memo to Ms. Sappingfield — an project she earned via her tried-and-true technique of “being there” — and had to flip round a draft of one other, comparable memo, which saved her working late into the night.

The second memo was for a senior affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, however there was a profit to engaged on it from the office, too — name it the seamless availability of assist. When she bought caught, she merely went down the corridor and requested Ms. Sappingfield to unstick her. Though Ms. Singh may have known as the affiliate she was working with, she was reluctant to play cellphone tag on a question she wanted answered shortly.

In the Chicago office, she may exploit the tiniest opening in a co-worker’s schedule. “I had a call in two minutes,” Ms. Sappingfield mentioned. “If she were to call me rather than walk into my office two minutes before a call, I probably wouldn’t have answered.”

The subsequent week, Ms. Singh confirmed up all 5 days. A staff together with Mr. Boland, who had been introduced to the agency to assist shoppers win licenses to produce or dispense hashish merchandise, requested her to write a memo for a shopper on marijuana laws in Illinois. She figured she would get it accomplished from the office, although it meant trooping in on a Friday, a day most of her colleagues make money working from home.

“I came in because I knew I had something due,” she mentioned. “Almost no one was here.”

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