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A Day in the Life of a Public Defender

Considering a career in law, or a transition within the legal profession? The following profile of a day in the life of a public defender is an excerpt from the Vault Career Guide to Law. Robert Garcia is a third-year attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. 8:45 a.m.: I arrive at the office, check my schedule and my messages, and then walk to court. 9:15 a.m.: I jump from hearing to hearing. Read More >

You Just Passed the Bar: Here's What's Next For Your Student Loans

With the July 2014 bar results now published for almost every state (California results will be released on November 21), you may have spent some time celebrating if you made the grade. However, it's not time to kick back and relax if you haven't tackled the small matter of how to best manage your law school loans, which on average surpass $140,000 per graduate. Here's a three-step guide for newly minted lawyers to assess and take control of their graduate student debt. 1. Reprioritize. Read More >

Don't Make these Three Mistakes During Final Exams


Is the Legal Profession Suffering from Brain Drain?

According to the results of the latest bar exam, it is. The National Conference of Bar Examiners announced that scores from the July 2014 multistate test were down significantly from where they were a year prior. In an attempt to explain this drop, the NCBE released a memo written by its president, Erica Moeser, addressed to law school deans across the country. Read More >

1Ls -- We Need to Talk About Your Grades

Hey 1Ls, totally no pressure or anything, but it's November. Have you started outlining yet? You bought those commercial outlines already, right? You do realize exams start in about a month…are you mentally, physically and emotionally prepared? There's a reason that the mention of exams, particularly 1L Fall exams, quicken the pace of law students' already overly caffeinated rapidly pulsing hearts. Grades matter. A lot. Read More >

Will Law Firms Increase Salaries in 2015?

Earlier this month NALP released the results of its 2014 Associate Salary Survey which, to nobody's surprise whatsoever, showed that BigLaw associate starting salaries are not going up anytime soon. In fact, associates starting at large firms in 2014 are less likely to be making $160,000 than associates in the class of 2013. Read More >

Vault Celebrates the Top Law Firms for Pro Bono

The week marks the National Pro Bono Celebration--see which law firms ranked highest for pro bono commitment in Vault's annual associate survey. Read More >

Can Content Marketing Work for Your Firm?

In today's legal marketplace, a law firm of any size would be remiss to abstain from having a website or internet presence. A website provides potential clients with information about the firm and its services, and it can also be used as a way for the firm to demonstrate its expertise. While there are rules of professional conduct regulating the content of lawyer advertising, firms can still take advantage of content marketing to attract and retain clients. Read More >

Egg Freezing Perk: Latest Proof That Women Can’t Have It All?

The announcement this week from Apple and Facebook that they will offer egg freezing as a workplace benefit sparked a variety of mixed reactions, and understandably so. On the one hand such a move seems like major progress for workplace equality: Women can have it all, and if they are reaching a certain age and want to put pregnancy and child-rearing on hold, their employers will support them. Read More >

Give Up on Your Dream Job?

"Find a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life." Words of wisdom or annoyingly ubiquitous career advice that's not actually accurate or helpful? Career/workplace issues expert Mart Nemko suggests that rather than looking for a "dream career," job hunters should focus on finding job satisfaction, even if that means working in a seemingly boring or ordinary position. Chasing your passion may be terrible advice for many people. Read More >

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