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Your Essential Guide to BigLaw Pro Bono Work

Interested in starting your career at a large law firm, but want to size up its commitment to pro bono work? Want to read about the role of BigLaw in litigating landmark civil rights cases at the Supreme Court? Curious how many hours of pro bono you and your colleagues clock in annually? You can find all this information and more in the 2015 edition of Vault's Guide to Law Firm Pro Bono Programs. Read More >

21 Questions to Ask During an Interview for a Legal Job

Landing an interview, dressing to impress and confidently answering interview questions are only part of the equation of a successful interview. It's important that candidates show an interest in the law firm or organization and treat the interview like a conversation. One of the best ways to do this is by asking thoughtful questions--not just questions whose answers readily appear on the firm's or organization's website. Read More >

Ivy League Lawyers: Don't Mess with Texas

Following "the blizzard that wasn't," slushy streets and ice cold temperatures have New Yorkers dreaming of more pleasant climates this week. Ever think of packing your bags for good and taking your legal career somewhere warmer… say, Texas? Check out Vault's Best Law Firms in Texas, as determined by attorneys practicing in the Lone Star state who participated in our annual Law Firm Associate survey. Read More >

I Should be Studying More: I'm Taking Another Bar Exam, Episode 3

The New York Bar Exam is officially less than a month away. Do I feel prepared? The answer is, obviously, no. I definitely could be studying more, but I could also be studying WAY less. A surprising challenge that I'm facing is finding a place to study. I can make flashcards with music playing or background noise, but I need complete silence to take practice tests or fully concentrate on reviewing my notes. That means my apartment is out for most of my studying. Read More >

Thanks to Harvard Alum, Juilliard Gets a Career Services Center

Today, New York City's Juilliard School, the renowned dance, drama, and music conservatory, announced that it has received a $5 million donation to create the Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship. It will be the school's first official career services center. Read More >

Four Tips for Generating New Clients

Lawyers exist to serve the needs of their clients. Clients are the lifeblood of every law firm. Regardless of size or prestige, without clients, a firm can't survive. Many associates are often tasked with generating new business, and failure to do so could mean forfeited annual pay raises, decreased bonus opportunities, stalled promotion prospects and even job loss. Read More >

Switch to Your Law Firm's Tax Group ASAP!

Many factors contribute to overall satisfaction with a legal job-co-workers, commute time, the jerk level of the boss-but the most important factors may be the subject matter associates are required to stare at ALL DAY LONG and the type of work related to that subject matter. Switching practice groups may be the solution to unhappiness in the workplace-whether that is an available option is another question. Read More >

Which Law School Actually Prepares You to Practice?

The vast majority of junior attorneys will agree that when they graduated from law school and began practicing, they had no idea what they were doing. Law school prepares you to take exams, fire back at Socratic-method questioning, and learn how to survive without doing 50 percent of your assigned reading. Read More >

That Old Familiar Feeling: I'm Taking Another Bar Exam, Episode 2

Was that phone booth I stepped into for that "hilarious" Instagram photo really a time machine (life doesn't seem particularly excellent right now) or is it just déjà vu? That old familiar bar exam feeling is back. Read More >

Which Candidates Have the Best Job Prospects in 2015?

It's hard to believe I'm saying this, but I think it's law students. More specifically: law students at the top schools who have at least decent grades and resumes. And the main reason is simply that there are fewer of them. The ABA announced this week that law school enrollment has slipped further this year, down 4.4 percent from 2013. In the fall of 2014 there were 37,924 full- and part-time 1L enrollees, compared to 39,675 in the fall of 2013. Read More >

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