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Which Summer Associate Program is Right for You?

When it comes to finding a career in the legal industry, one of the most important decisions prospective lawyers can make is choosing the right summer associate program. Vault's annual Summer Program rankings, released along with the Quality of Life rankings, highlight the firms that receive rave reviews from junior attorneys when it comes to providing a stellar summer experience. This year, a new firm earned the Best Overall Summer Associate Program title: Foley Hoag rose from the No. Read More >

Announcing Vault's 2016 Law Firm Diversity Rankings

Vault has released its Law Firm Diversity Rankings for 2016, and Carlton Fields Jorden Burt tops the list once again after briefly ceding the Best Law Firm for Diversity accolade to Ropes & Gray last year. In fact, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt has claimed the No. 1 spot in all of the diversity ranking categories except for one-Diversity for Military Veterans-in which Paul Hastings is the winner. Read More >

Which Law Firm Has the Happiest Associates?

For the third year in a row, Paul Hastings has been named Vault's Best Law Firm to Work For, a title earned through high ratings in Vault's numerous Quality of Life rankings including Satisfaction, Firm Culture and Compensation. The competition is serious, however-Ropes & Gray is putting up a strong fight to reclaim the No. 1 spot. Ropes topped the Best to Work For list in 2011 and has been No. 2 since then, trailing Paul Hastings by just 0.12 points this year (compared to 0. Read More >

What Every Law Student Should Know about OCI

I'm not going to sugar coat it. Securing a summer associate position at a prestigious and economically healthy law firm is not for the faint of heart.  The official on-campus interview process (OCI) is about to begin in earnest and it will be all-consuming for participating law students. Now is the time to prepare your strategy. During my 25 years recruiting for Vault Law/AmLaw 100 law firms I came in contact with every kind of applicant. Read More >

Vault's Top Law Firms By Practice Area and Region

With on-campus interviews fast approaching, law students are inundated with decisions. How to sort through the long list of law firms that hire summer associates and figure out where to submit your resume? Look no further. Following the release of the Top 100 law firm list earlier this month, today Vault released its practice area and regional law firm rankings for 2016. Read More >

Not Sorry: The New Women's Mantra

To apologize, or not to apologize? That is the question that has been running through my mind multiple times a day since I read Sloane Crosley's astute, refreshingly unapologetic op-ed in last week's NY Times. I have been aware of the female tendency to say "sorry" at every turn for several years now, after attending an eye-opening professional development seminar as a law firm associate. Read More >

From Milbank to the SEC--and Back Again: A Chat with George Canellos

What's it like going from private to public law practice--and back again? Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy associate Jillian Trezza sat down with partner George Canellos, who heads the firm's Litigation group, for a chat about his career highlights, working at the SEC, and--last but not least--why he has monkeys in his office. Jillian: George, you first came to Milbank as a partner in 2003, and you're known for your work with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Read More >

Vault's Top 100 Law Firms for 2016

We asked, 17,000+ attorneys answered. Here are the most prestigious firms in the U.S. Read More >

BigLaw Bonuses: An Excuse to Keep Salaries Flat?

Law firms may have been much more generous with associate bonuses for 2014 than in recent years. But is increased discretionary compensation just a way to avoid raising base salaries, which have been the same for 8 years? If you ask the more cynical law firm associates, that is certainly the case. Especially if they live in NYC. Here's what one associate told us: "The higher bonuses this year were wonderful. Read More >

Can Women 'Have it All' at this Firm?

BigLaw firms are notorious, whether they deserve the reputation or not, for long hours and cut-throat associates angling for partnership at the expense of their other co-workers and personal lives. In an effort to create a family-friendly atmosphere and more positive work environment, many law firms have instituted affinity groups and generous parental leave policies. Read More >

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