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Could Justice Scalia's Death Affect Pay, Promotions, and Gender Bias Lawsuits?

One of the wildest developments in this very wild election year has been the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. And the question Who will succeed him? is one that's looking more and more like it will be heatedly debated right up until the final vote is cast on the first Tuesday this November. Of course, the importance of Scalia's successor is far reaching. With the SCOTUS now locked at 4 vs. Read More >

Gibson Dunn Lawyers On Choosing Transactional Law

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher associate Saee Muzumdar caught up with corporate partners Barbara Becker, who heads the firm's M&A group, and Rashida La Lande, NY hiring partner, for a discussion about why they chose to be corporate lawyers and some of the benefits of transactional work. From Left, Saee Muzumdar, Barbara Becker, and Rashida La Lande. Saee: Law school is relatively litigation (or at least case law) focused-what drew you to transactional work? Read More >

Off the Beaten Path: JAG to Solo to Small Firm

We at Vault focus mainly on the life of lawyers at large and midsize law firms, but many law grads decide to work for the government, in a small firm, or as a solo practitioner. Ian Holzhauer has done all three in less than a decade of practicing. Ian's career has included a stint as a JAG in the Air Force, launching a suburban Chicago solo practice, and joining an established small firm. Read More >

A Q&A with O’Melveny’s Dedicated Career Coach

Jim Moore describes himself as a "bridge builder." As the career coach at O'Melveny-one of only a handful of large law firms to have a dedicated career coach nationwide-he acts as a sounding board, counselor, reality check, and advisor for anyone who seeks out his services.  Over the course of his five-year stint in this role, Jim has seen nearly 600 lawyers. Read More >

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 >

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