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A Legal Reporter on Covering the Law

Blake Edwards is a self-proclaimed "recovering lawyer covering law"-a legal journalist for Bloomberg BNA who was previously a Circuit Court clerk, covering the business of BigLaw. I interviewed Blake about his legal and writing careers and how he ended up covering the law instead of practicing it. What initially drew you to go to law school? If I'm honest I went in large part because I didn't know what else to do. There was no real desire to be a practicing lawyer. Read More >

Should Harvard Law School Change Its Logo?

Harvard Law School is reportedly considering changing its official shield, as a result of a long campaign that ties imagery on the shield to the slave trade. According to NPR, the dean of Harvard Law recently called for the shield to be replaced, "because it contains the crest of Isaac Royall, a slave owner whose endowment of land helped establish the school. Read More >

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 >

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