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Vault's Best Summer Associate Programs for 2015

When it comes to finding a career in the legal industry, one of the most important decisions prospective lawyers can make is choosing the right summer associate program. In our annual associate survey, in which nearly 17,000 law firm associates participated, we asked first- through third-year associates who had summered at their current firms to rate the program both in terms of how well it prepared them for full-time practice and how much fun they had. Read More >

Which Law Firms Have the Happiest Associates?

While prestige is certainly an important factor in the law firm job-seeking process, there are many other aspects of firm life to consider as well. In Vault's annual Law Firm Associate Survey nearly 17,000 associates rated and commented on various areas of their work life including overall satisfaction, compensation, career outlook and more. Their answers generated Vault's Quality of Life Rankings and our annual list of Best Law Firms to Work For. Read More >

Tinder, Meet Opposing Counsel

The dating app Tinder, often touted as female-friendly, may have done more than create a blaze of hook-ups, relationships and broken hearts for its users. The cooling of passions between two of the app's co-founders and other alleged bad behavior by Tinder co-founders may have resulted in discrimination, sexual harassment and a host of other labor and employment law violations. Read More >

Best Law Firms by Practice and Region

Fresh off the release of the Top 100 law firm list last week, today Vault released its practice area and regional law firm rankings for 2015. While the Vault Law 100 ranks firms based on overall nationwide prestige, the rankings released today inform job-seekers about the best firms within each specialty and in different locations throughout the U.S. Read More >

The 2015 Vault Law 100 Rankings Are Here!

Wachtell wins again. For the twelfth consecutive year, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz has taken the top spot in the latest edition of the Vault Law 100 Rankings for 2015, but not without a little competition from the former front-runner. Earlier this year, we surveyed nearly 17,000 law firm associates and asked them to rate law firms on a scale of 1 to 10 based on prestige. Read More >

Coming Soon - Vault's Law 100 Rankings

Move over World Cup, the real competition has been waging all year, and the results are in (almost)!  Next week, Vault will release its rankings for the Top 100 Law Firms! This year, nearly 17,000 law associates rated law firms on a scale of 1 to 10 based on prestige. (Associates were not allowed to rate their own firms, and were asked only to rate firms with which they were familiar.) Will Wachtell be able to hold on to the No. 1 spot? Who was knocked out of the Top 100? Who's back in? Read More >

Law Students School ICE

With law school enrollment declining and professors and Supreme Court justices battling over whether law school should be reduced from three to two years, it can be easy to forget some of the positive substantive work upper-year law students perform. Recently, students enrolled in the Workers & Immigration Rights Advocacy Clinic of Yale Law School in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants' Rights Project won a victory for detained undocumented persons. Read More >

Check out Vault's Guide to Legal Practice Areas!

What does a day in the life of a bankruptcy lawyer look like? What classes should an aspiring real estate attorney take? 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 >

The Return of the Electric Chair, Firing Squad and Gas Chamber

While the use and public approval of the death penalty has declined, and many prestigious law firms take on death row inmates as pro bono clients, some states are looking for a work around to continue executing inmates despite the recent shortage of the drugs used in lethal injections. Read More >

Do T14 Law Schools Produce Better Associates?

Not necessarily, according to associates who took Vault's annual law firm associate survey. Vault administered the survey earlier this year, and we are working hard to analyze responses from thousands of associates at over 120 firms to generate our 2015 rankings, to be released next month. In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of some of the gems we have collected from lawyers around the country about what it's really like to work in BigLaw. Read More >

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