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Your Essential Guide to BigLaw Pro Bono Work

Interested in starting your career at a large law firm, but want to size up its commitment to pro bono work? Want to read about the role of BigLaw in litigating landmark civil rights cases at the Supreme Court? Curious how many hours of pro bono you and your colleagues clock in annually? You can find all this information and more in the 2015 edition of Vault's Guide to Law Firm Pro Bono Programs. Read More >

Can Companies Save Money By Paying Their Employees More Money?

Have you ever wondered why Trader Joe's employees are always so cheerful and helpful? If so, here's New Yorker financial columnist James Surowiecki with the answer: A substantial body of research suggests that it can make sense to pay above-market wages-economists call them "efficiency wages." If you pay people better, they are more likely to stay, which saves money. Read More >

How a Top Firm Transitions Interns to Full-Time Roles

Over the past few months, we've featured a number of pieces focusing on the internship program at Northwestern Mutual-a program that consistently emerges as one of the top internships in the country in our annual ranking. To date, we've looked at everything from how the firm creates the internship experience to how they reward interns, and what it's like to actually be an intern there. Read More >

21 Questions to Ask During an Interview for a Legal Job

Landing an interview, dressing to impress and confidently answering interview questions are only part of the equation of a successful interview. It's important that candidates show an interest in the law firm or organization and treat the interview like a conversation. One of the best ways to do this is by asking thoughtful questions--not just questions whose answers readily appear on the firm's or organization's website. Read More >

Take the PLAT (Parental Leave Aptitude Test)

Last week, in his latest State of the Union Address, President Obama noted that the U.S. is just one of a few industrial nations in the world without laws mandating paid parental leave for employees. This had me wondering: Which are the other two countries that don't mandate paid leave to parents? Which countries offer the most paid leave? And which companies here in the U.S. Read More >

Ivy League Lawyers: Don't Mess with Texas

Following "the blizzard that wasn't," slushy streets and ice cold temperatures have New Yorkers dreaming of more pleasant climates this week. Ever think of packing your bags for good and taking your legal career somewhere warmer… say, Texas? Check out Vault's Best Law Firms in Texas, as determined by attorneys practicing in the Lone Star state who participated in our annual Law Firm Associate survey. Read More >

I Should be Studying More: I'm Taking Another Bar Exam, Episode 3

The New York Bar Exam is officially less than a month away. Do I feel prepared? The answer is, obviously, no. I definitely could be studying more, but I could also be studying WAY less. A surprising challenge that I'm facing is finding a place to study. I can make flashcards with music playing or background noise, but I need complete silence to take practice tests or fully concentrate on reviewing my notes. That means my apartment is out for most of my studying. Read More >

Thanks to Harvard Alum, Juilliard Gets a Career Services Center

Today, New York City's Juilliard School, the renowned dance, drama, and music conservatory, announced that it has received a $5 million donation to create the Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship. It will be the school's first official career services center. Read More >

Don't Want to be a Desk Jockey? Try These 7 Alternative Careers

Are you bored out of your mind even considering a 9-5 behind the confines of a desk? Sitting at a desk in a cubicle isn't for everyone. There are plenty of career options out there that are interesting and keep you out in the field. Some require extensive education while others have lower average salaries. But, if experiencing new things or places is what you want from a career, then, according to Vault contributor JT Ripton, these seven positions might just be perfect for you. Read More >

49 Interview Questions Top Accounting Firms Ask

Since December, Vault has been asking accounting professionals across the U.S. to tell us what it's like to work for their firms. So far, we've surveyed about 6,000 accounting professionals, and one of the questions we've been asking has to do with interviews. Specifically, we've been asking accountants to tell us the questions that they were asked during interviews with their firms. And, to that end, below you'll find 49 common interview questions that top accounting firms ask. Read More >

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