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10 Tips for Cover Letter Success

A cover letter is the first chance you get to present yourself to a potential employee in an engaging way. It allows you to go into detail about your experience, present your writing skills and hint at any research that you've done on the company. Basically, it's your time to show off a little. With that in mind, you should make sure it really stands out. Below are 10 tips on how to do that: 1. Write Eloquently. Read More >

Justice in the Age of Making a Murderer

Like pretty much everyone with access to a Netflix account the last few weeks, I've been mainlining Making A Murderer, the true-crime documentary series in the vein of HBO's The Jinx and NPR's Serial. Making A Murderer is the story of Steve Avery, a man who served 18 years in prison for a sexual assault he didn't commit and after only a couple of years of freedom, was arrested again and charged with the murder of a young woman. Read More >

Law School Do-Over

Transferring to a different law school is like an intense breakup: you've committed endless hours, the 1L path has been painful and confusing, you're not sure you really want to break it off, and it's not as easy as saying goodbye. While breaking up is never easy, sometimes ditching your law school after 1L year is the best move for you. Read More >

Is BigLaw Going the Way of Kodak (and the Dodo)?

In just a couple of decades Kodak went from absolute dominance in the American photography market to completely disappearing because of its stubborn refusal to acknowledge its changing market.  The rise of digital photography took Kodak from $2.5 billion in profits in 1999 to filing for bankruptcy in 2012. Read More >

Six Things Lawyers Should Know Before Going In-House

Private firms and government jobs aren't for everyone. Some law students are a much better fit in-house at a company. This is where you can focus on one client and sometimes multiple different practice areas. When deciding if that work lifestyle is right for you, there are a few things you need to know: 1.      Size matters. Read More >

Nine Questions Every Law Student Should Ask Themselves After Their First Year

Getting through your first year of law school is an achievement you should be proud of for the rest of your life. The good news is that it gets considerably easier from here. After your first summer-which you've hopefully spent at school, an internship, or a legal job-you will enter your second year of law school far more prepared to deal with the pressures of being a law student. You can also start making some choices that will help you prepare for a career in litigation. Read More >

A 1L's Guide to Landing a Summer Associateship

You are a first-year law student, your exposure to the practice of law has been minimal, you have few, if any, discernable legal skills, and the substance of your first semester curriculum has, on a practical level, prepared you for precious little. You're hired! Odd as it may seem, a good number of employers, particularly law firms, are fully cognizant that 1Ls lack the legal background necessary to contribute to their bottom line but are equally ready to hired them. Read More >

Leaving the Law: An Interview with Brewery Founder Eric Feldman

Eric Feldman is the co-founder and President of Brooklyn-based Braven Brewing Company, a former BigLaw associate, and (full disclosure) a student of mine when I was a legal research and writing TA back in law school.  Earlier this year Eric (the guy on the left) left BigLaw behind to go full time at his growing brewery.  Eric was gracious enough to answer my questions about his legal practice and transitioning away from the law. Vault: What initially drew you to practicing law? Read More >

How to Ace a Behavioral Interview

Behavioral interviews are becoming increasingly popular in the legal industry. A behavioral interview seeks to discover how you handled yourself in certain situations at your previous jobs, or, if you don't have a lot of work experience, in summer jobs or in internships and other school-related activities. The logic of these interviews is that past performance predicts future performance. Read More >

Counterpoint: You Can Do Anything With a Law Degree

Editor's note: After posting my most recent blog post You Can Do Anything With a Law Degree. Sort of. to Twitter, Anusia Gillespie (of search firm BANAVA) disagreed with my stance, arguing, inter alia, that a J.D. gets you in the door and, more importantly, once law graduates are in business "they shoot to the top." After a brief (and polite) Twitter beef, I offered Anusia an opportunity to respond in a longer format here.  This is her response. Read More >

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