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Mad Men's Career Girls

This Sunday, AMC's Mad Men will begin its seven-episode farewell. It's a sad time for Mad Men viewers. But it's also an exciting time. Over the next two months, viewers will find out where their favorite Mad Men characters end up at the close of Matthew Weiner's seven-act teleplay. And though much of the pre-finale focus has been on where ad man Don Draper end up (dead or alive? in a job or unemployed? with a woman or without? Read More >

Which Law Firm Has the Most Alums at Apple?

According to an analysis conducted by The Recorder, Morrison & Foerster appears to be somewhat of a feeder firm to one of the hottest in-house gigs in town-Apple Inc.'s legal department. There are nine MoFo alums working in the general counsel's office at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, CA, which is the highest number of alums from any law firm. Read More >

Will the Scarcity of Lethal Injection Drugs Lead to More Executions by Firing Squads?

Controversy surrounding the death penalty has intensified following Utah's recent enactment of legislation that would allow convicted capital offenders to be executed by firing squad if lethal injection drugs are unavailable. The bill's sponsor, Republican Paul Ray, claimed that a firing squad was "probably the most humane way to kill somebody. Read More >

Kleiner Suit Sheds Light on Silicon Valley’s Misogynistic Side

Although former Kleiner Perkins junior partner Ellen Pao lost her gender-biased suit against her former employer, her case has shed new light on the dark side of Silicon Valley-that is, the misogynistic side. The jury in Pao's trial, which was closely followed in the Valley, ruled against Pao on all accounts. Which meant that the jury found that Kleiner Perkins didn't discriminate against Pao because she was a woman, nor did they fire her because she filed a suit against them. Read More >

The Best Countries for Women Managers

One of the biggest barriers to workplace equality for women is so commonplace that there's a convenient lexical shorthand for it. Utter the phrase "the glass ceiling" and almost anyone will know that you're referring to the paucity of female talent in executive positions at companies. Read More >

Google Poaches Wall Street's Most Powerful Woman: 3 Takeaways

Yesterday, it was announced that Google had hired Ruth Porat away from Morgan Stanley to be the tech firm's new CFO. Porat had held the chief financial officer position for the venerable Morgan Stanley for the past five years and was widely considered to be the most powerful woman on Wall Street. The move, which came two weeks after Patrick Pichette announced he was leaving his Google CFO post, was seen as a big gain for Google and a big loss for Morgan Stanley. Read More >

Taking the Grad School Plunge Online

As decisions go, the one to go to grad school or not is up there with some of the most expensive life choices you're going to make. A degree from a reputable school in a field that is likely to enhance your career prospect will set you back anywhere from $40,000 to almost $170,000 (if you do your MBA at Columbia). Compare that range to the ticket price of other life-changing events that you might undergo before turning 40:   Cost of an average wedding: $30,000. Read More >

Tips for the MPRE

The first MPRE of 2015 is this Saturday. Are you ready? The MPRE-Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam-is the first hurdle hopeful future lawyers must clear before being admitted to the bar. The MPRE tests your knowledge of the ethical standards of the legal profession. The exam is 60 questions, 10 of which are experimental questions, and it must be completed with 125 minutes, allowing for just over two minutes per question. Read More >

Announcing Vault's Top 150 Under 150

Vault is excited to release a new list highlighting the best small and midsized firms with 150 or fewer attorneys-Vault's Top 150 Under 150! As a counterpart to the highly respected and widely utilized Vault Law 100, which primarily showcases the largest law firms in the country, we developed the Top 150 Under 150 as a resource for students and lateral candidates seeking an experience outside of BigLaw. Read More >

Surviving and Thriving After a Layoff

If you or anyone you know has been laid off from a job, you know it's not easy. Even when layoffs are imminent, it's natural to hold on to the hope that your position might be 'saved.' If you were unhappy in your job, being laid off can be a blessing. However, if you loved your job and imagined staying there for some time, it can be devastating. Being laid off may not have been part of your plan, but when a layoff hits, you realize life's plan is bigger than yours. Read More >

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