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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 >

Why ‘Cultural Fit’ Hiring Is Detrimental to Law Firm Diversity

Last week my colleague Derek Loosvelt aptly discussed the dangers of "cultural fit" hiring, drawing on some examples from Vault's surveys of banking and consulting professionals as they relate to Lauren Rivera's opinion piece in last week's NY Times. Read More >

The Essential Guide to Legal Practice Areas

What does a day in the life of an M&A lawyer look like? What classes should an aspiring bankruptcy attorney enroll in? What does "clean tech" law really mean? Unfortunately, a traditional law school curriculum doesn't do much to help students figure out what it's really like to practice in different areas of the law. Read More >

10 Tips for Choosing a Law Firm

June is almost here, which means we are just a few weeks away from the release of the Vault Law 100 and Vault's other law firm rankings for 2016--stay tuned! It also means that summer associate programs at law firms are well underway, and rising 3Ls are getting a taste of what it's like to be a corporate attorney in the major leagues. Rising 2Ls, if they are not among the elite group of 1L summer associates, are diligently plugging away at their government or public interest internships. Read More >

We Have a Verdict: Poor Lawyers are Happier

The streets of New York City are filled this week with men and women in caps and gowns, ready to receive their diplomas and perhaps ambivalent about plunging head-first into the real world. Graduation speakers around the country are giving the usual speech accented with their own personal flourishes: do what you love. The last such speech I heard in person was at Wharton's MBA graduation in May 2012. Dr. Oz was the speaker. Read More >

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