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Could "Dumber" Lawyers Actually Be Good for the Legal Profession?

The most recent edition of Bloomberg Businessweek asks a provocative question: Are lawyers getting dumber?  The question comes from a recent spat between the head of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and several law school deans and officials.  The NCBE, which administers the multiple-choice section of the state bar exams in every state save Louisiana, reported last year that scores on the exam had the largest single year drop in its four decade history. Read More >

What We Brag About When We Brag About Long Hours

I have a friend who's a serial entrepreneur and whose latest entrepreneurial venture, his tenth or eleventh, has proven to be "the charm." Previously, he ran businesses in real estate, apparel, and hospitality; some of which did well, while others went bust quickly. But his latest, in health and wellness, has made him a millionaire. That is, now, for the first time in his career, he's earning north of $1 million a year. Read More >

3 Ways Law Students Can Become More Confident Communicators

Conventional wisdom says law school is all about training students to think and act like a "lawyer." However, in a changing world, transitioning from law student to lawyer requires skills that are not easily found in classrooms or case books. These soft skills are not just important for aspiring lawyers - they're essential. Perhaps the most important of these soft skills is public speaking. Read More >

The Secret to Callback Interview Success

You have survived the insanity of the on-campus interview process. Your head is spinning but there is no time to take a breather. Your attention must now turn to callback, or in-office, interviews. Law firms have exceptionally high expectations of students invited to their offices. Planning must be exhaustive because it is, quite simply, inconsiderate to attend a callback with inadequate preparation. Read More >

Freshfields in the U.S.--Curious minds, global teams and excellent training

Vault named us the #1 firm in the US for international work in 2014 and 2015. We're an international firm. With over 200 lawyers in the US and another 2,300 lawyers worldwide, we help clients achieve their goals, however ambitious they are and wherever they need our advice. No one matches our breadth and depth of international experience. Read More >

22 Interview Questions the Top Law Firms Ask

While most of us are looking forward to enjoying the last few weeks of summer as much as possible, life is not so different for rising 2Ls and law firm recruiting teams. On-campus interviews are in full swing at law schools around the country and some students are already preparing for callbacks: second interviews with a law firm that may last anywhere from a couple hours to a full day. Read More >

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 >

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