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Brand Yourself to Advance Your Career

By now, most job seekers know that anything posted to social media is potentially available to recruiters, future employers and current bosses. In addition to adjusting their privacy settings and de-tagging pictures of themselves doing body shots on spring break to hide certain aspects of their lives, job hunters and those seeking career advancement can  use social media to create a personal brand showcasing their skills to further their career goals. Read More >

A Law Grad's Worst Nightmare Come True

Day 1 of the bar exam is finally over. After saving the document containing all of your answers to the essay portion of the test, you sigh with relief as you pack up and head home to upload your answers online. But it's not over yet: Day 2 of the exam, the multiple-choice, multi-state portion of the test, starts the next morning. Read More >

Getting Ahead Through Mentorship and Sponsorship

When discussing their career prospects, associates often note that promotion depends on close relationships with the rainmaking or other powerful partners.  Although important, it can often be difficult for minority and female associates to form the right type of relationship with partners. Read More >

What Does the Declining Law School Application Rate Mean for You?

The declining law school application rate did not get any better this year, according to The National Law Journal, which reported that applications are down 37 percent since 2010. The decline between this year and last was eight percent, following double-digit declines in the prior two years. The NLJ quotes University of North Carolina School of Law professor Alfred Brophy as estimating that this year's entering class will be at 38,000, the lowest since 1974. Read More >

The Cold Truth about the Bar Exam

It's the final countdown-the bar exam is one week away. Despite reassurances from your mom that you're "definitely going to pass," the truth is…you might not. And. That's. Okay. Your friends won't judge you, and no one will think less of you. Anyone who has had the unfortunate pleasure to sit for a bar exam knows that the line between passing and failing is as thin as a page in your Barbri review book. The bar exam is hard, people are supposed to fail. Read More >

How to Speed Up Student Loan Repayment in Three Easy Steps

There's no doubt about it-law school grads today are feeling the student loan squeeze. A recent New America study showed that the average law student leaves school with more than $140,000 in loans, the second highest debt burden behind medical degrees.  That's up 63% from just 10 years ago, and translates to a typical monthly payment of $1,611 (at a 10-year term and 6.8% interest rate).  Not an easy load to bear for a decade or sometimes more.  Want to be done with your loans sooner? Read More >

Announcing the Best Law Firms for Diversity

Today, Vault released its Law Firm Diversity Rankings for 2015 with a brand new No. 1 firm for Best Overall Diversity and new firms landing atop each individual diversity category. A firm's commitment to diversity directly impacts employee satisfaction, but also the bottom line. Read More >

Don't Fear the Reaper (i.e. the Bar Exam)

Well, we're here. The bar exam classes have ended, and you now have two weeks to insert the laws of an entire state into your tired, tired brain. Here's a sampling of questions you may be asking yourself: "Where did the summer go?" "Why did I go to law school?" "Why is everything on this page highlighted?!?!" "Am I going to barf on exam day?"     The answers are really quite simple: "You've been inside studying." "You have no one to blame but yourself. Read More >

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 >

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