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The Ultimate Showdown: NY Bar Exam v. VA Bar Exam

Word around law schools has always been that New York, Virginia and California administer the most difficult bar exams in the country. I can't speak to the California bar exam as I've never taken it (although a 3-day bar exam certainly sounds horrific), but as someone who passed both the Virginia and New York bar exams on her first attempts, I can definitively tell you that the Virginia bar exam is the more difficult of the two. Read More >

Is the Legal Job Market Improving?

Among the many informative sessions at last week's NALP Annual Conference was a Q&A with members of the American Bar Association, in which the ABA gave a sneak peek at the most recent law school employment statistics. How has the law school class of 2014 fared since graduating? The short answer: A little better than their predecessors, but mostly because the number of law school grads shrank from the previous year. Read More >

The One Case BigLaw Firms Won’t Take

The country's largest and most prestigious firms can be found on all sides of lawsuits dealing with controversial issues. More often than not, they are thought of as forever representing "the bad guys" when they are stuck in a jam (tobacco companies and pharma companies fending off products liability claims, corrupt CEOs and government officials, the big banks fighting accusations of causing the Great Recession, you name it). Read More >

Law School Class of 2010 is Still Screwed

It's hard for me to believe I graduated from law school almost five years ago. In a sense, the time has flown; aside from some musculoskeletal complaints and a few new wrinkles (I did work in BigLaw for a time, after all), I don't really feel much older. But 2010 was far enough in the distant past, apparently, that it warrants a case study of us graduates to test the strength of the legal job market. Read More >

Which Law Firm Has the Most Alums at Apple?

According to an analysis conducted by The Recorder, Morrison & Foerster appears to be somewhat of a feeder firm to one of the hottest in-house gigs in town-Apple Inc.'s legal department. There are nine MoFo alums working in the general counsel's office at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, CA, which is the highest number of alums from any law firm. Read More >

Tips for the MPRE

The first MPRE of 2015 is this Saturday. Are you ready? The MPRE-Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam-is the first hurdle hopeful future lawyers must clear before being admitted to the bar. The MPRE tests your knowledge of the ethical standards of the legal profession. The exam is 60 questions, 10 of which are experimental questions, and it must be completed with 125 minutes, allowing for just over two minutes per question. Read More >

Announcing Vault's Top 150 Under 150

Vault is excited to release a new list highlighting the best small and midsized firms with 150 or fewer attorneys-Vault's Top 150 Under 150! As a counterpart to the highly respected and widely utilized Vault Law 100, which primarily showcases the largest law firms in the country, we developed the Top 150 Under 150 as a resource for students and lateral candidates seeking an experience outside of BigLaw. Read More >

A Day in the Life of a Managing Partner

Considering a career in law, or a transition within the legal profession? The following profile of a day in the life of a managing partner is an excerpt from the Vault Career Guide to Law, 2014 Edition. Read More >

Hate Your Firm? Fortune & Vault Have Some Suggestions

Fortune recently released its list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, and five Vault firms made Fortune's list:  Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Arnold & Porter LLP; Cooley LLP; Perkins Coie LLP; and Alston & Bird LLP. Fortune's rankings are based on a survey of random employees in which respondents rate criteria related to the quality of their workplace culture such as pay, benefits and workplace programs. Read More >

And the Winner for Most Expensive Law School Is…

According to the National Law Journal, Columbia tops the charts as the priciest law school in the country. Last year, tuition at the school was $60,274. Coincidentally--or not--Columbia is also #1 when it comes to percent of grads who go on to BigLaw. In 2014, 66.24% of its graduates were hired by the nation's largest 250 law firms. Columbia was NLJ's #1 "Go-To" school (aka most beloved by law firm hiring partners and recruiters) in 2013 as well. Read More >

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